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In what ways did Bismarck contribute to the unification of Germany Bismarck contributed to the unification of Germany by convincing the surrounding states that they needed to side with Prussia in order to create a great nation and to feel safe from outside attacks He achieved this by creating excuses to go to was against neighbouring countries while still remaining to be seen as the good guy Bismarck once said that Not through speeches and majority decisions are the great questions of the day decided but through iron and blood basically saying that decisions are not made by people and their own thought and ideas but through battles and great wars He used this theory in his plan for the unification of Germany In 1861 he began his quest by doubling the size of the Prussian army and increasing compulsory military service and training Eventually the army became so strong Bismarck believed it could defeat anyone By creating such an army he had great success in the wars which followed thus gaining the support of many surrounding states By 1684 Bismark had the Prussian army prepared for war he now needed to create that war Knowing he must not appear to have stated it he set out too create friction with Denmark by deciding to claim two of its southern states In what became known as The Seven Day War Prussia in an alliance with Austria easily defeated Denmark gaining the provinces of Schleswig and Holstein Under Bismarcks persuasion Prussia gave Holstein to Austria Creating a situation which would be used by Bismarck later on He was always planning ahead Giving the province of Holstein to Austria was the first step in his plan for the second war which was to be against Austria and which would play a major role in the unification of Germany Bismarck knew he needed another war to continue the process of creating a whole nation
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