Bismarck

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  • 1860: Wilhelm I ascends to throne and struggles to deal with Liberal factors, especially Military.
  • I don't know what I am doing!
  • 1861: Otto von Bismarck is appointed as Chief Minister to assist Wilhelm with running country.
  • I want all the power for Prussia. We are the best!
  • In the 1860's, Bismarck 'manoeuvred' two wars. 1st on on Denmark and split the land. 2nd war was on Austria and the German Confederation was dissolved.
  • 1867: Bismarck establishes German confederation, led by Prussia. This excluded Austria. It was a federal state and a new constitution was established.
  • 1870: Bismarck manoeuvred another war, on Spain this time. Prussia won and Alsace Lorraine was handed over. Prussia now had more land and power.
  • GERMAN EMPIRE DECLARED (Southern states had joined North) Constitution: •Kaiser: hereditary monarch, head of the government. •Government: decided outlines of policy. •Reichstag: lower house, right of free speech. •Bundersrat: upper house, initiate legislation and could veto laws.
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