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Otto Von Bismarck came from a family of junkers in Brandenburg He was sent away to a Berlin university when young and this helped shape his political views In 1862 he became the Prussian chancellor and he had big plans for his country He intended to unite Germany under Prussian rule while stopping any liberal advances at the same time He hated liberalism democracy and socialism Bismarck believed that he could achieve his goals by controlling the people and manipulating them for his purposes through the use of charismatic leaders the granting of limited power or even the use of the army if necessary Bismarck wanted to gain the support of the lower class and gain a popular vote that he could use against the liberals and Austria The manipulation and use of the leaders of other countries was also a key part of initiating his ultimate goal German unification Bismarck was an extreme loyalist who was willing to stop at nothing to complete the goals of Kaiser William I want to play the tune the way it sounds to me or not at all my pride bids me command rather than obey -Otto Von Bismarck Bismarck believed in power In a famous speech he declared that iron and blood meaning war and industry would gain unification not speeches and declaration as in the revolution of 1848 His campaign called for an active foreign policy and emphasized that Prussia had to keep its power together at all times because the people of Germany didnt look at Prussias liberalism but at its power He had three main aims the defense of the king the unification of Germany and war with Austria Bismarcks foreign policy was ruthless and opportunistic he believed in the unification of Germany but was determined it should be under Prussian Junker leadership With his Eastern front secure through a friendly understanding with Russia he sought the elimination of Austria as a
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