#portraitsunday Otto von Bismarck is remembered as a genius and visionary who created through his might one of the most powerful nations of modern history. His far sighted view of geo-politics is said to have led him to predict bith WWI and the abdication of the Kaiser Wilhelm II nearly to the date.
Other than unifying the German State out of a multitude of small states in central Europe, Bismarck also famously held the Berlin Conference, dividing up Africa for European powers.
Germany became a modern, unified nation under the leadership of the “Iron Chancellor” and first chancellor, Otto von Bismarck who between 1862 and 1890 effectively ruled first Prussia and then all of Germany. A master strategist, Bismarck initiated decisive wars with Denmark, Austria and France to unite 39 independent German states under Prussian leadership. Although an arch-conservative, Bismarck introduced progressive reforms—including universal male suffrage and the establishment of the first welfare state—in order to achieve his goals. He manipulated European rivalries to make Germany a world power, but in doing so laid the groundwork for both World Wars.