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Bismarck /
Katharine Anne Lerman.
imprint
Harlow, Eng. ; Toronto : Pearson/Longman, 2004.
description
xiii, 298 p. : maps ; 21 cm.
ISBN
0582037409
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Harlow, Eng. ; Toronto : Pearson/Longman, 2004.
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0582037409
catalogue key
5109984
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Katharine Anne Lerman is Senior Lecturer in Modern European History at London Metropolitan University.
Reviews
Review Quotes
'... both the narrative and the debate are always linked back to the analysis of power. This is an impressive achievement and distinguishes the book from conventional biographical studies of Bismarck.' John Breuilly, Professor of Modern History, University of Birmingham 'This immediately takes its place as the best short biography of Bismarck in any language. Its command of the material is impressive, and it strikes a sensible balance between the traditional extremes of praising Bismarck as a hero who single-handedly created modern Germany or damning him as a villain who laid the foundations for the later rise of Nazism.' Richard J. Evans, Professor of Modern History, University of Cambridge 'Dr Lerman's judgement of Bismarck's achievements and his ambiguous legacy is balanced, clear-sighted and sound. This is a thoroughly recommendable book that will be of great benefit to students of modern Germany and nineteenth-century Europe.' T.G.Otte, University of East Anglia
'... both the narrative and the debate are are always linked back to the analysis of power. This is an impressive achievement and distinguishes the book from conventional biographical studies of Bismarck.' John Breuilly, Professor of Modern History, University of Birmingham 'this immediately takes its place as the best short biography of Bismarck in any language. Its command of the material is impressive, And it strikes a sensible balance between the traditional extremes of praising Bismarck as a hero who single-handedly created modern Germany or damning him as a villain who laid the foundations for the later rise of Nazism.' Richard J. Evans, Professor of Modern History, University of Cambridge
'... both the narrative and the debate are always linked back to the analysis of power. This is an impressive achievement and distinguishes the book from conventional biographical studies of Bismarck.'<> John Breuilly, Professor of Modern History, University of Birmingham <>'This immediately takes its place as the best short biography of Bismarck in any language. Its command of the material is impressive, and it strikes a sensible balance between the traditional extremes of praising Bismarck as a hero who single-handedly created modern Germany or damning him as a villain who laid the foundations for the later rise of Nazism.'<> Richard J. Evans, Professor of Modern History, University of Cambridge <>'Dr Lerman's judgement of Bismarck's achievements and his ambiguous legacy is balanced, clear-sighted and sound.<>This is a thoroughly recommendable book that will be of great benefit to students of modern Germany and nineteenth-century Europe.'<> T.G.Otte, University of East Anglia
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Summaries
Main Description
How did Bismarck, Germany s greatest nineteenth century leader, extend and maintain his power? This new Profile examines his strengths as statesman and all the facets of his political career. His many direct achievements included the unification of Germany and the expansion of Prussia. In short, he was the architect of Germany s change from cultural region to political nation. In the end he combined egotism and brilliance exceptionally, yet it was still not enough to save him from dismissal by William II.
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Otto von Bismarck was the dominant figure in nineteenth century German history and the architect of modern Germany. Under his leadership, Prussia waged three victorious wars and brought about the political unification of Germany in 1871. His policies transformed central Europe, led to a re-alignment of political forces within Germany and shaped a new German identity. But they also left a fateful legacy in the twentieth century, fuelling a virulent German nationalism that culminated in the catastrophe of Hitler and the Third Reich. Bismarck s political career has always excited controversy. Katharine Lerman s accessible new study of the Iron Chancellor examines how Bismarck rose to dominate German politics, the ruthless manner in which he exercised power, the constraints on his power and why he was finally ousted in 1890. It provides fresh insights into Bismarck s ambiguous political legacy and explores such issues as his role in unification and the complex imperial German political system, his attitude to parliamentary democracy and ethnic minorities, his pioneering development of social welfare legislation and his reputation for diplomatic prowess. Bismarck was both deified and detested but the pursuit and exercise of political power is central to understanding him as a man and statesman. This is an essential new guide to one of the key figures in modern German history. Katharine Lerman is Senior Lecturer in Modern European History at London Metropolitan University. She is the author of The Chancellor as Courtier: Bernhard von Bulow and the Governance of Germany 1900-1909 (1990) as well as numerous articles on imperial Germany.
Main Description
Otto von Bismarck was the dominant figure in nineteenth century German history and the architect of modern Germany. Under his leadership, Prussia waged three victorious wars and brought about the political unification of Germany in 1871. His policies transformed central Europe, led to a re-alignment of political forces within Germany and shaped a new German identity. But they also left a fateful legacy in the twentieth century, fuelling a virulent German nationalism that culminated in the catastrophe of Hitler and the Third Reich.Bismarck's political career has always excited controversy. Katharine Lerman's accessible new study of the 'Iron Chancellor' examines how Bismarck rose to dominate German politics, the ruthless manner in which he exercised power, the constraints on his power and why he was finally ousted in 1890. It provides fresh insights into Bismarck's ambiguous political legacy and explores such issues as his role in unification and the complex imperial German political system, his attitude to parliamentary democracy and ethnic minorities, his pioneering development of social welfare legislation and his reputation for diplomatic prowess.Bismarck was both deified and detested but the pursuit and exercise of political power is central to understanding him as a man and statesman. This is an essential new guide to one of the key figures in modern German history.Katharine Lerman is Senior Lecturer in Modern European History at London Metropolitan University. She is the author of The Chancellor as Courtier: Bernhard von Bülow and the Governance of Germany 1900-1909 (1990) as well as numerous articles on imperial Germany.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Bismarck was one of the single most important figures in German history. During his rule Germany was transformed from a fractured state into the most powerful nation in Europe, paving the way for the wars of the twentieth century.
Long Description
How did Bismarck, Germany’s greatest nineteenth century leader, extend and maintain his power? This new Profile examines his strengths as statesman and all the facets of his political career. His many direct achievements included the unification of Germany and the expansion of Prussia. In short, he was the architect of Germany’s change from cultural region to political nation. In the end he combined egotism and brilliance exceptionally, yet it was still not enough to save him from dismissal by William II.
Main Description
How did Bismarck, Germany's greatest nineteenth century leader, extend and maintain his power? This new Profile examines his strengths as statesman and all the facets of his political career. His many direct achievements included the unification of Germany and the expansion of Prussia. In short, he was the architect of Germany's change from cultural region to political nation. In the end he combined egotism and brilliance exceptionally, yet it was still not enough to save him from dismissal by William II.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
List of abbreviationsp. xii
Mapsp. xiv
Personal Powerp. 1
Family, education and early lifep. 3
The Junker inheritancep. 8
Women, marriage and domestic lifep. 14
Achieving Powerp. 28
The politics of conservatismp. 28
The issue of Prussian powerp. 36
The impotence of officep. 45
The opportunityp. 51
Precarious Powerp. 63
The servant of the crownp. 64
Bismarck's government: first among equalsp. 73
Defying parliament: the constitutional conflictp. 83
Defying the nation: the Schleswig-Holstein crisis and the gamble on Prussian powerp. 91
Creative Powerp. 114
The Austro-Prussian war and settlementp. 115
The end of the Prussian constitutional conflictp. 123
The North German Confederationp. 127
The goal of national unity: relations with the southp. 138
The Franco-Prussian warp. 144
Consolidating Powerp. 160
Controlling the executivep. 161
The policies of national consolidationp. 174
Parliaments, parties and the pressp. 189
Bismarck and German foreign policyp. 205
Corrosive Powerp. 229
Bismarck and the successionp. 231
Surrendering powerp. 239
Bismarck in retirementp. 250
Conclusionp. 264
Chronologyp. 271
Further Reading in Englishp. 280
Indexp. 287
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