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

(1897)

Context

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 and reinforced by the stalemated Crimean War (1854–1856). To add to the anxiety, the new state...

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Bernhard von B├╝low (Library of Congress)

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