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The Resource Bismarck : a life, Jonathan Steinberg

Bismarck : a life, Jonathan Steinberg

Label
Bismarck : a life
Title
Bismarck
Title remainder
a life
Statement of responsibility
Jonathan Steinberg
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Otto von Bismarck transformed Europe more completely than anybody in the nineteenth century, except for Napoleon. He unified, and indeed, created, the country at the center of two world wars that would transform the world. This biography illuminates the life of the statesman who unified Germany but who also embodied everything brutal and ruthless about Prussian culture. The author 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. His brilliance and insight dazzled his contemporaries. But all agreed there was also something demonic, diabolical, overwhelming, beyond human attributes, in Bismarck's personality. He was a kind of malignant genius who, behind the various postures, concealed an ice-cold contempt for his fellow human beings and a drive to control and rule them
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 943.08/3092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DD218
LC item number
.S795 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Bismarck : a life, Jonathan Steinberg
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [528]-537) and index
Contents
Bismarck's 'sovereign self' -- Bismarck: born Prussian and what that meant -- Bismarck: the 'mad Junker' -- Bismarck represents himself, 1847-1851 -- Bismarck as diplomat, 1851-1862 -- Power -- I have beaten them all! All! -- Unification of Germany, 1866-1870 -- Decline begins: liberals and Catholics -- Guest house of the dead Jew -- Three Kaisers and Bismarck's fall from power -- Bismarck's legacy: blood and irony
Control code
ocn663438587
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 577 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780199599011
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2010045387
Other physical details
ill., maps
Specific material designation
unspecified
System control number
(OCoLC)663438587
Label
Bismarck : a life, Jonathan Steinberg
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [528]-537) and index
Contents
Bismarck's 'sovereign self' -- Bismarck: born Prussian and what that meant -- Bismarck: the 'mad Junker' -- Bismarck represents himself, 1847-1851 -- Bismarck as diplomat, 1851-1862 -- Power -- I have beaten them all! All! -- Unification of Germany, 1866-1870 -- Decline begins: liberals and Catholics -- Guest house of the dead Jew -- Three Kaisers and Bismarck's fall from power -- Bismarck's legacy: blood and irony
Control code
ocn663438587
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 577 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780199599011
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2010045387
Other physical details
ill., maps
Specific material designation
unspecified
System control number
(OCoLC)663438587

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