The Germans - Bismarck and the German Empire Soldiers in Hiding - Documentary about 2 weeks 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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1. This was a Territorial Dispute following the Second Schleswig War. It was completely between Austria and Prussia, who were the major parties fighting for the Confederation during this war in which Prussia did almost all the lifting. A War Denmark started by the way.
2. Prussia didn't go into this WAR on her own. She had a number of Northern Confederation States on her side. Nearly all the Southern Confederation States sided with Austria. Those that chose neither, decided to remain neutral.
3. Austria Declared War on Prussia, not the other way around. Prussia wanted Schleswig for doing almost all the lifting during the war. Austria refused. Prussia refused to back down. Austria twisted the Arms of her Allies to of course vote against Prussia on the matter within the Confederation. Prussia refused. Austria Declared War. This was as much of a Austrian Power Grab as that of Prussia, more so being Austria had a already larger Empire, mostly of which were not even German States, and dares to insert dominance over the rest of the Confederation.
4. Only Guilt for Prussia was Bismarck set this up intentionally as a Trap knowing the Prussian Military would easily win such a war. Austria had too much pride after centuries of being the dominant power in Central Europe. Bismarck wanted AUSTRIA out of German Politics.

The fact this Documentary completely glosses over this context is irritating at best. It's like when people claim the Prussians started the Second Schleswig War, or the Franco Prussian Wars. Which are not true as well. These were all conflicts started by the Opposing Parties, not Prussia. On top of that the Narration literally changes the tone any time a historian interview on here makes Bismarck sound like a hero even at one point going so far to say the "Villain became the victor." I mean seriously what the heck?
sledge hammer
Program was done very well and was quite informative. I doubt if 98% of Americans know even a fraction of what this video presented.
Jay Schmarje
X ah so Papacy is still the enemy of Prussia and Bismarck
michael Castle
A zealous people Germans are...
Nikolas Douglas
As a wise man once said: War is when everybody shoots and the Prussians win.
Jompa Bompa
His approach towards those red rats is the only way to deal with socialism.
Three Lions England
Germans and Brits are so alike!!
Undastandin Nuffin man
I'm English and have so many German friends and what lovely people they all are, we're all so alike it's uncanny.
Peter Bradshaw
Was Bismarck an attorney? He certainly had the mindset of a lawyer.
Great documentary, thank you so much
Van Awan
Love Prussia, the beautiful old days😥
Ralph Leonhardt
The part of the election rights ist plain wrong.
It's very sad that the end result of all of this is... Angela Merkel.
Erick Alden
God needs to send the German people another Bismarck.
Soorena Ildari
As an Iranian Persian, I really like and respect Otto von Bismarck. He is one of few nation-maker individuals like Cyrus the great,emperor Qin Shi Huang of china and Mahatma Gandhi or George other European figure is qualified to be compared to him. I takes a blood of molten iron and body of solid iron and brain like supercomputers to accomplish such a job to unify a never united land into an non aggressive empire. His succesor kaisers were fools who abused the power Bismarck left to them and led Germany to the disasters of 2 world wars. Rest in peace great man. I wish someday I can pay my respects personally to your grave
Bismarck is Vladimir Putins favourite politician, he said so himself.
A great documentary. A pity the German Empire was destroyed by a somewhat unruly and overzealous Emperor, and Allied hatred and bias.
Amanaganti Anil kumar
Blood and iron
Can you do the one about Wallestein? Thak you very much for your translation!!!!!
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