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Even though Bismarck used deceit to get what he wanted violated the rights of Catholics to worship freely and violated the Prussian constitution he accomplished a lot for the German States Some people may look back and think it was wrong to go about things the way he did but at that time he was doing what was best for Germany He brought about so much good for Germany and he deserves respect for how well he used politics to get what needed to be done done Bismarck was very intelligent and he used the art of realpolitik extremely well He just wanted to unify Germany and make sure that Prussia played a big part in it He was making deals with all the great powers and trying to ensure Germanys safety He knew how big of a power Germany could be and he was going to do his best to make them a great power He believed that he was not the provoker of the wars he was involved in and that he was just standing up for Germany and Prussia During the war against Denmark Bismarck wanted to take control over Schleswig and Holstein because they contained German people Austria allowed Bismarck to take control over both of those lands in return for help recovering Lombardy from Italy Soon after Austria wanted to take control of both the lands but Bismarck avoided war by giving them Holstein he however made sure to get the French to agree to be neutral in the event of going to war with Austria and he got Italy to agree to fight against Austria in case of war In doing all of this he was enhancing Prussias military leadership in Germany and he eventually beat out Austria and it started to show everyone how the balance of power was changing in Europe He was able to exclude Austria from Germany and he established the southern German states as
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