Bernhard von Bülow on Germany's “Place in the Sun”

(1897)

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In 1871, Germany became a united nation-state, formed around Prussia and by Prussian militarism. Over the course of a series of short wars with Denmark, Austria, and France, the Prussians united with several neighboring principalities to score a series of spectacular victories that instantly accorded the new nation status as the world's most formidable land-based military power. It also upset a balance of diplomatic power in Europe that had been in place since the Napoleonic Wars...