Bismarck

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Psychology Press, 2002 - History - 287 pages
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Routledge Historical Biographies provide engaging, readable and academically credible biographies written from an explicitly historical perspective. These concise and accessible accounts will bring important historical figures to life for students and general readers alike.

Bismarck was arguably the most important figure in nineteenth-century European history after 1815. In this new biography, Edgar Feuchtwanger reassesses Bismarck's significance as a historical figure. He traces his development from a typical junker, a reactionary and conservative, into the so-called white revolutionary who recast European affairs more drastically than anyone since Napoleon.

Feuchtwanger's lucid account de-mythologizes the German leader without demonising him. This book leaves the reader with a strongly etched portrait of one of the decisive makers of the modern world.

  

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Contents

Early days
13
Entry into politics
27
Diplomat with a difference
42
Minister in waiting
67
Prime minister
83
First triumph
99
Fratricidal war
120
High noon
148
Imperial chancellor
180
Turn to the right
200
Fall and resentful retirement
240
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Edgar Feuchtwanger studied history at Cambridge and taught British and German history at the University of Southampton and has been visiting professor at the University of Frankfurt. His major publications include From Weimar to Hitler (1995) Disraeli (2000), Imperial Germany 1850-1918 (Routledge 2001).

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