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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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Mtvrr 123
Well I have to give credit to Bismark for trying to get rid of the social democrats.
I think this series must continue and all 20+ episodes must be made available IN ENGLISH!!!!!. As mentioned below, we are all sick of learning genman history from american sources....

Germany is a rich country. It shouldnt be much of a hassle to translate the series.. But if not, we history lovers are ready to collect money among ourselves and donate it to DW to help with the translation :-)
I have shared this with a young German friend.
Why many actors looks Turkish ?
Germans and Russians are greedy too much always in every situation.!!!!!!
Rifqi rizqullah
I am in tears seeing the ending.
AK 464
The prince's knew well in rejecting prussian aggression only where they too weak to stop it
Brainstorming Plus
Well done and keep it up!!!
33:06 the real germany!
Daniel W.
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Aimar Ramadhan
If only Wilhelm ii wasn't even born, Germany will be peace forever and there would be no WW1.
Thomas Pick
Bismarck was a good guy. One has to consider the context of his times. He was a skillful politician who could negotiate. To hell with all royal empires. Those rulers think themselves and their families as gods, which they are not. The people are human beings with God given rights, freedom, Independence, and dignity. The German people are the greatest people on earth, not the unfair British.
Akash Premachandran
Mit Liebe nach DeutschLand. Aus Indien.
Koteswara Rao G
I learned all about this German history in my school subject, really I like it
Bismark is rolling in his grave if he'd see what Germany has become.
Erm....God save the Queen playing at 32:00???
Octavian Caesar Hibernicus
Germany will rise again, it is destined to become the greatest Muslim country in Europe.
Doven Ro Galus
fake history, where is all the minority representation ? not enough blacks or middle easterners.
Bob Johnson
Awesome series where's the next episode
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Soldiers in Hiding - Documentary about The Germans - Bismarck and the German Empire 3 months ago   53:08

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