Bismarck a life by jonathan steinberg

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bismarck a life by jonathan steinberg

Bismarck: A Life by Jonathan Steinberg

This riveting, New York Times bestselling biography illuminates the life of Otto von Bismarck, the statesman who unified Germany but who also embodied everything brutal and ruthless about Prussian culture.
Jonathan Steinberg draws heavily on contemporary writings, allowing Bismarcks friends and foes to tell the story. What rises from these pages is a complex giant of a man: a hypochondriac with the constitution of an ox, a brutal tyrant who could easily shed tears, a convert to an extreme form of evangelical Protestantism who secularized schools and introduced civil divorce. Bismarck may have been in sheer ability the most intelligent man to direct a great state in modern times. His brilliance and insight dazzled his contemporaries. But all agreed there was also something demonic, diabolical, overwhelming, beyond human attributes, in Bismarcks personality. He was a kind of malign genius who, behind the various postures, concealed an ice-cold contempt for his fellow human beings and a drive to control and rule them. As one contemporary noted: -the Bismarck regime was a constant orgy of scorn and abuse of mankind, collectively and individually.-
In this comprehensive and expansive biography--a brilliant study in power--Jonathan Steinberg brings Bismarck to life, revealing the stark contrast between the -Iron Chancellors- unmatched political skills and his profoundly flawed human character.
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Bismarck- The Man and the Myth by Jonathan Steinberg

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Bismarck : A Life. Jonathan Steinberg. This riveting, New York Times bestselling biography illuminates the life of Otto von Bismarck, the statesman who unified Germany but who also embodied everything brutal and ruthless about Prussian culture. Jonathan Steinberg draws heavily on contemporary writings, allowing Bismarck's friends and foes to tell the story. What rises from these pages is a complex giant of a man: a hypochondriac with the constitution of an ox, a brutal tyrant who could easily shed tears, a convert to an extreme form of evangelical Protestantism who secularized schools and introduced civil divorce. Bismarck may have been in sheer ability the most intelligent man to direct a great state in modern times.

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Wilhelm, King of Prussia and first Emperor of the new German Reich of , was serene, gentle, wise, a sovereign who loved his nation more than his power, offering his abdication to move for the greater good. Otto von Bismarck, his first minister, convinced him to defy the revolution in the air and on the streets so that together they could build the Germany both aspired to: steering a traditionalist course, increasing Prussian might, with the King at the helm and "his humble servant" humility never did enter the heady cocktail that was the Iron Chancellor's character as his enforcer. Jonathan Steinberg's astute biography brings the reader closer to both. It expertly depicts those turbulent post-Napoleonic decades, and makes a convincing case for the continuing importance of Bismarck. Napoleon changed the character of European politics and life like no other ruler — until Bismarck.

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