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otto von bismarck
Chancellor of Prussia from 1862 until 1871, when he became chancellor of Germany. A conservative nationalist, he led Prussia to victory against Austria (1866) and France (1870) and was responsible for the creation of the German Empire (714)
The political mastermind behind all of Sardinia's unification plans, he succeeded in creating a Northern Italian nation state
Italian nationalist whose writings spurred the movement for a unified and independent Italy (1805-1872) founded young Italy
Italian patriot whose conquest of Sicily and Naples led to the formation of the Italian state (1807-1882)
a former kingdom in north-central Europe including present-day northern Germany and northern Poland
Realistic politics based on the needs of the state in this case power was more important than principles
blood and iron
policy of German unification put forth by Bismarck; belief that industry & war would unify Germany
Kaiser Wilhelm II
was the Kaiser of Germany at the time of the First World War reigning from 1888-1918. He pushed for a more aggressive foreign policy by means of colonies and a strong navy to compete with Britain. His actions added to the growing tensions in pre-1914 Europe.
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