Coverbild Bismarck-Germany's Demon Chancellor von Johannes Willms, ISBN-978-3-423-34838-6
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Bismarck-Germany's Demon Chancellor

Many people still consider Otto von Bismarck (1815–1898)—the ‘Iron Chancellor’ who founded the German Empire in 1871—Germany's foremost statesman. Johannes Willms draws a different picture, showing Bismarck as a dyed-in-the-wool opportunist, a cunning, power-hungry politician and gambler who hedged his bets by devising a system of conflicting allegiances and coalitions. Bismarck created a unified German Reich in which pre-existing tensions remained unaddressed. In Willms’ view, he bears a great deal of responsibility for the catastrophic circumstances that led to the First World War and the ensuing Nazi dictatorship. His critical biography is a stimulating analysis of the Bismarck myth; well-founded, incisive—yet invariably respectful of the Iron Chancellor’s intellectual capacity.

• Bismarck's 200th birthday will be remembered on April 1st , 2015

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336 pages, ISBN 978-3-423-34838-6
About the author
Portrait des Autors Johannes Willms

Johannes Willms

Johannes Willms was born in 1948. He was the Süddeutsche Zeitung’s Parisian culture correspondent and head of their features section, and has published widely on key people and issues in German and French history.
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