Otto Von Bismarck Biography

Otto Eduard Leopold, Prince of Bismarck, Duke of Lauenburg, known as Otto von Bismarck, was a conservative Prussian statesman who dominated German and European affairs from the 1860s until 1890. In the 1860s he engineered a series of wars that unified the German states into a powerful German Empire under Prussian leadership. With that accomplished by 1871 he skillfully used balance of power diplomacy to preserve German hegemony in a Europe which, despite many disputes and war scares, remained at peace. For historian Eric Hobsbawm, it was Bismarck, who "remained undisputed world champion at the game of multilateral diplomatic chess for almost twenty years after 1871, [and] devoted himself exclusively, and successfully, to maintaining peace between the powers."

In 1862 King Wilhelm I appointed Bismarck as Minister President of Prussia, a post he would hold until 1890. He provoked three short, decisive wars against Denmark, Austria and France, aligning the smaller German states behind Prussia in defeating his arch-enemy France. In 1871 he formed the German Empire with himself as Chancellor, while retaining control of Prussia. Source: Wikipedia

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Name:
Otto Von Bismarck
Full Name:
Otto Eduard Leopold, Prince of Bismarck, Duke of Lauenburg
Nationality:
Germany
Profession:
Statesman, Lawyer
Ethnicity:
Germans
Religion:
Lutheranism
Date of Birth:
April 1, 1815
Astrological Sign:
Aries
Date of Death:
July 30, 1898
Age at Death:
83
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