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The aim of this enormously popular Seminar Study is to provide students with a concise, up-to-date and analytical account of Bismarck s role in German history. Unlike other short studies available the book offers readers a balanced coverage of the period 1862 to 1890, with equal weight given to events before and after 1871. First published in 1986, Longman is delighted to reissue the book as a Second Edition. The author has taken the opportunity of updating the original text in the light of the new research and, in particular, has added new material on the relationship between economics and Bismarck s diplomacy; the social and constitutional history of Germany after 1871; and the historical debate surrounding Bismarck in the 1990s. The bibliography has been brought up-to-date and two new maps have also been added.
The book opens with an introductory section which sets Bismarck s policies to secure Prussian hegemony into the context of German economic and political developments, particularly the German Customs Union (the Zollverein) and the rise of Liberalism in Prussia. Readers are then guided through the complex events leading to the defeats of Austria and France in 1866 and 1870 and the subsequent creation of a united Germany in January 1871. The book then explores the domestic and foreign problems Bismarck faced up to 1890 in consolidating unification. Thus, Bismarck s relations with the Catholics and Socialists, the consequences of the Great Depression and the question of whether there really was a second foundation of the Reich in 1878-9 are all looked at. Chapters on Bismarck s foreign and colonial policies trace his attempts to reconcile Austrian and Russian interests in the Balkans and the reasons for the creation of the German colonial empire in Africa and the Far East.
This study provides students with a concise, up-to-date and analytical account of Bismarck's role in modern German history. Williamson guides readers through the complex events leading to the defeats of Austria and France in 1866 and 1870 and the subsequent creation of a united Germany in January 1871. He then explores the domestic and foreign problems Bismarck faced up to 1890 in consolidating unification.
Table of Contents
Part One: The Setting
1. The background.
Part Two: The Defeat of Austria
3. The Constitutional Conflict and the Liberal Opposition.
4. The Road to Koniggratz.
5. The North German Confederation.
6. Bismarck, Napoleon and the Southern States.
7. The Franco-Prussian War and the Unification of Germany.
Part Four: The Second Reich: The Economic and Constitutional Context
8. The Second Reich: A Hybrid State.
9. The Financial Crisis of 1873 and the Great Depression.
Part Five: Domestic Politics
10. The Kulturkampf and the Decline of the Liberals.
11. The Conservative Empire.
Part Six: German Foreign and Colonial Policy.
12. Germany and Europe, 1871-90.
13. The Creation of the German Colonial Empire.
Part Seven: Assessment
14. Bismarck in Myth and Reality.
Part Eight: Documents.