Otto Eduard Leopold Von Bismarck-Schönhausen

was a major player in the unification of Germany. This Prussian junker, or aristocrat, was a Prussian nationalist and later a German nationalist. As Chief Minister to Wilhelm I of Prussia, he devised and executed a "klein-deutsch" (excluding Austria) plan to unify Germany.
It was Bismarck's goal to unite the German states in a strong, single German empire with Prussia at its center. To do this, Bismarck would need to support of a powerful Prussian army. Upon request from Bismarck and King Wilhelm I, money was denied from the Prussian legislature for military expenditures. Though, at first, Bismarck's policies were not well received by Parliament, public opinion began to favor his ...

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he also submitted a plan for German unification to the German Diet. This plan excluded Austria (klein-deutsch). As a result of this, Austria and other German states declared war on Prussia, beginning what is now known as the Seven Weeks War. Austria and its allies were quickly defeated, and Bismarck incorporated Schleswig-Holstein, Hannover, and some other territories into Prussia. However, Austria was treated kindly in the peace settlement. In 1866, the old German Confederation was then dissolved and replaced by the North German Confederation, which consisted of the northern and central German states, under Prussian leadership. Austria was not included in the new confederation. Other members of the government wanted to march triumphantly through the Austrian capital. Bismarck instead negotiated a peace that did not humiliate Austria because his primary goal was to avoid making Austria an enemy. He wanted Austria to remain neutral in any future war with France. As a result ...

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