The Germans - Bismarck and the German Empire Soldiers in Hiding - Documentary about 4 months ago   42:28

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Prussia's Prime Minister Otto von Bismarck paved the way for the first German nation-state. Bismarck became the Chancellor of the new German Empire.

The failure of Germany’s March Revolution (1848/49), a futile attempt by bourgeois liberal forces to restrict the power of Germany’s rulers, unite the German Confederation and establish a constitutional parliament, led to the imposition of "unity from above” as Prussia's Prime Minister Otto von Bismarck paved the way for the first German nation-state. By the mid-19th century, Germans were still not united in one state. The Prussian Prime Minister Otto von Bismarck wanted to change that - not through parliaments or majorities but, as he said, "with blood and iron." At that time, the German Confederation was an alliance of more than 30 independent states, with Austria and Prussia at their head. But when Prussia wanted to incorporate the duchies of Schleswig and Holstein against Austria's will, it became a test of power: Who had the say in Germany? Austria or Prussia? The vote for war or peace took place in Frankfurt am Main, the seat of the German federation, on 14 June 1866. Austria's proposal to mobilize the federation’s forces against Prussia was accepted. Prussia saw the vote as a declaration of war and walked out of the federation. That spelt its end, because the member states were doing exactly what it was set up to prevent, going to war with each other. Austria’s armies were routed, and from now on Germany and Austria went their separate ways. Austria was literally pushed out of German history. Bismarck’s victory over Austria was a triumph worth a monument to the Prussian fatherland: the Victory Column in Berlin. The North German Confederation of 1866 under Prussian leadership was the precursor to the united Germany of a few years later. The south German states such as Bavaria, Baden and Württemberg were initially aloof but that changed with the war against France in 1870. The common enemy united the Germans and their nation. In January 1871, Bismarck declared the birth of the Prussian-German nation-state in the palace of Versailles. For the first time in their history, the Germans were united in a single state with a single capital: Berlin. Bismarck became the Chancellor of the new German Empire. The overall balance of his domestic policies was mixed. On the one hand, they saw the creation of a modern parliamentary system and a welfare state with health, accident and pension insurance. But on the other, Bismarck was pitted against both Social Democracy and the Catholic Church.

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This documentary is also available to watch in Spanish:
MC Höde
DW did not produce similar docu about Hitler nad Germany.
ziggy morris
It’s this dominance that Europe was terrified of which is why Germany was unjustly blamed and punished for WW1.
Pranab KSarkar
South Asia is today what Europe was earlier
Pranab KSarkar
I see new India in old Germania
Isabella Evamara
this should be on netflix, or some internet tv consolidated service with pbs shows and bbc shows and other great shows and an occasional movie or something, seen 18 seconds of this so far and its worth paying for. never knew youtube had shows like this til today.
jack han
So Germany’s government during this period wasn’t very Democratic compared to the British’s government.
My favourite Bismarck quote: "Better pointed bullets than pointed speeches".
Abdullah Al Nahyan
great docudrama...
Christoffer Nordenskjöld
I love Germany.
Guy Weisz
Heavenstorm Yes, most people titled "Great" throughout history are like that, or else they wouldn't have achieved what they did or been dedicated a whole video in the 21st century to commemorate their actions and life. Most of them would have been narcissist, magalomaniac and many times sociopaths. Very few were also psychopaths. They always believe their truth is the only truth, and they are those who lead their countries and people to great victories, although many of them also suffer at the end great defeats. Von Bismarck united the german states and principalities, but he did it to promote his own agenda. This video is from the German point of view, but a similar video from the Austrian point of view would be different (in fact there has been one, although not as nicely edited as this). The claim that all the shoutherners wanted to form part of the great Reich is also false, there were German nationalists who wanted that, but also Bavarian nationalists who dindn't. And there were those who wanted to be part of Austria in case it was not integrated in the Deutsches Reich. Until today there are many who want independency and others who would even like to see an Austria-Bavaria-Tirol as one state. Who is right? Where is the truth? There is no historical truth, history has always been and will always remain subjective.
Yugo RC
99 red balloons
Where is part 1 of this interesting documentary series?
Hans Frank
"Social Democrats"? Bolsheviks might be more accurate and seeing what they did to Russia Bismarck was on the right side of history to shut down their subversion with force.
Judy S.
No mention of the Liberal, or business class Party, of the role of the Junkers, of which Bismarck was a part. No mention of his role in holding the Russians at bay the diplomacy, his cultivation of the British Empire, isolating the French who thirsted foe revenge. A brief mention of the Catholic party, the Center Party, with whom Bismarck in his subtle way came to terms In order to balance the Liberals and the Socialists. A political genius was succeeded by a egomaniac.
Ryan Hughes
Usually iam an heavily pro democratic(liberal kind) anti monarcist peaceful unification person but empires like Rome Aztec France German and Japan have always have an special place for me these are areas where I support monarchissm and unification via war these empires are the greatest empires in history I do hope to one day in some possible way see an new Aztec empire an novas imperium romainium neo Japanese empire or new German empire

The true Father of Germany
JLHartsock the Conqueror
Makes me love playing Brandenburg on EUIV even more.
Central Europe was better when the Germans were fragmented. Europe in general was better. Germany should be divided again. Russia too. We would insure peace this way.
Paul H
Germany is a great country, at this point in history the German people will soon suffer WWI and WW2
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Soldiers in Hiding - Documentary about The Germans - Bismarck and the German Empire 4 months ago   53:08

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