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Modern History Notes Otto Von Bismarck Bismarck Unified Germany Bismarck was a nationalist Germany of WW1 is Bismarckian Bismackian Germany excluded Austria-Hungary after 7 week war Bismarck formed an alliance with Austria-Hungary Bismarck excluded it because it carried too much non-German nationalist baggage is that the Hungarian empire consisted of about one dozen different nationalities and cultures Bismarckian Germany was exclusive monoculture because he was a Junker aristocrat and did not trust the masses of ordinary people Bismarck by 1880s feared France and the spread of socialism in Germany Paris Commune Germany could only be unified by blood and iron Bismarcks blood and iron approach meant that Germany was always prepared for war and was twitchy about her boarders Especially in France Bismarck believed that military solutions could justify the ends that is warfare leads to national unity fear of the outsiders created a political fear that the nation-state as threatened Prussia Had a well trained army the government sent a lot of money on the army which meant its equipment was modern and well maintained The government under Bismarck created a culture of militarism and discipline in Germany Germany-France relationship Bismarcks blood and iron approach meant that Germany was always prepared for war and was twitchy about her boarders Especially in France France was provoked into a war with Germany over their rivalry for the disputed lands around the Rhine river area that is Alsace-Lorraine and southern German states that bordered on France Bismarck feared that France might gain a foothold in Southern Germany that is Bavaria This was plausible to him because France and Southern German states were catholic that is they owed allegiance to the pope central Italy The pope at this time was a powerful military figure The Franco-Prussian War 1870-71 broke out over this dispute Prussian General Von Maltke attacked swiftly and surrounded Paris It looked like another brief successful war like that of 1866
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