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This study in the genre of political biography is revisionist. Bismarck emerges as a somewhat more conservative traditionalist than much of the national liberal historiography has depicted him. Moreover, the national orientation in much of the literature on the history of Central Europe during the nineteenth century is also implicitly challenged. Downgrading somewhat the founding of the German Reich of 1871, traditionally viewed as Bismarck's greatest achievement, the author treats this episode as but one of many...
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This study in the genre of political biography is revisionist. Bismarck emerges as a somewhat more conservative traditionalist than much of the national liberal historiography has depicted him. Moreover, the national orientation in much of the literature on the history of Central Europe during the nineteenth century is also implicitly challenged. Downgrading somewhat the founding of the German Reich of 1871, traditionally viewed as Bismarck's greatest achievement, the author treats this episode as but one of many throughout Bismarck's long career wherein his efforts to build a federative, multiethnic Mitteleuropa encountered many setbacks or otherwise necessitated at best the acceptance of many limited achievements that cumulatively produced a quite incomplete Middle-European system stretching from the northern seas to the mideast. From this perspective, the author sees the limited victory of Bismarck's Prussia over Franz Joseph's Austria in the War of 1866 as the critical event in the entire history of Bismarckian politics. His policy until then was to achieve a restructuring of the German Confederation on the basis of a joint Austro-Prussian leadership in Mitteleuropa. After Franz Joseph decided in early 1866 that a war was preferable to the limited concessions sought by Bismarck, the Prussian armies failed to inflict on the main Habsburg host the Cannae that the general staff planned for 3 July. Thereafter, Bismarck's task became more difficult than ever. His labors were often fruitless. His own master, Wilhelm I, and the Prussian bureaucrats, diplomats, and courtiers with direct access to this first of Bismarck's Wilhelmian nemeses could be at least as obstructionist in Berlin as Franz Joseph and his minions in Vienna. In fact, all too often Bismarck's lack of control over the Prussian elites was in part responsible for the resistance of the Habsburg ruling circle. If Bismarck left his neo-Wilhelmian successors an incomplete system upon his retirement from
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  • ISBN-13: 9780838635124
  • Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1994
  • Pages: 623

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
1 The Problem 15
The Fischer School 16
The "Younger Generation" of Historians and the "Young Turks" 21
The Gesamtdeutsch School of Historians 26
The Kleindeutsch-Grossdeutsch Problem 29
Sybel and Bismarck 36
2 The Preparation 1815-62 40
The Early Years April 1815-May 1851 41
At the Bundestag in Frankfurt May 1851-March 1859 48
To St. Petersburg and Paris March 1859-September 1862 71
3 Minister-President Bismarck and the German Crisis 1862-66 89
Bismarck-Rechberg-Schmerling September 1862-August 1865 90
Bismarck versus Belcredi August 1865-June 1866 103
Moltke's "Small Victory" - Bismarck's Diplomatic Defeat June-August 1866 120
4 Problems in Postwar Reconstruction 1866-67 141
The Structuring of New North German and Austrian Systems to Serve Divergent Middle-European Perspectives September 1866-January 1867 141
The Bavarian "Bridge" to Austria January-March 1867 159
The Effects of the Luxemburg Crisis April-June 1867 168
5 The Struggle between the Two Middle-European Chancellors 1867-69 178
Bismarck's Initial Response to Beust's Onslaught: Putting into Play All Pieces of the Middle-European Puzzle June 1867-July 1868 180
The First Intervention against Austro-Slavism: Bismarck and the Germanic "New Nationalism" July-October 1868 198
The Nadir in the Postwar Austro-Prussian Relationship October 1868-January 1869 208
6 Toward a Partnership of the Two Middle-European Chancellors: The Austro-Prussian Rapprochement and Gleichartigkeit in Mitteleuropa 1869-71 216
The First Signs of a Permanent Thaw in Austro-Prussian Relations August 1869-July 1870 217
The Effects of the Franco-Prussian War July 1870-May 1871 231
The Origins and Outcome of the Austro-Prussian Conferences at Gastein, Ischl, and Salzburg May-November 1871 254
7 The Heyday of Liberalism 1871-75 271
The Unresolved Issue for Mitteleuropa: Liberal or Conservative Reich-Austrian Gleichartigkeit November 1871-November 1872 272
The Kulturkampf Crisis November 1872-February 1874 285
"War Scares" January 1874-June 1875 300
8 The Origins of the "Second Reichsgrundung" 1875-79 315
The Effects of the Eastern Crisis June 1875-June 1878 315
The Congress of Berlin and Its Aftermath June 1878-August 1879 332
The Final Struggle for the Dual Alliance August-October 1879 348
9 An Incomplete Mitteleuropa 1879-88 362
The Problem of Military Coordination and Economic Cohesion October 1879-March 1884 363
Bismarckian "Colonialism" and Weltpolitik as Mitteleuropapolitik in a New Form March 1884-September 1886 391
Bismarck's Last Eastern Imbroglio September 1886-June 1888 412
10 The Transition from Bismarckianism to Wilhelmianism 1888-98 421
Abbreviations 461
Notes 466
Bibliography 554
Index 603
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