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Blood and Iron Origin of German Empire As Revealed by Character of Its Founder, Bismarck   By: (1868-)

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In "Blood and Iron: Origin of German Empire As Revealed by Character of Its Founder, Bismarck," author John Hubert Greusel offers a comprehensive exploration of the rise of the German Empire through an in-depth analysis of its enigmatic architect, Otto von Bismarck.

Greusel delves into the life of Bismarck, unraveling the many facets of his character and tracing the events that led to the consolidation of Germany as a dominant European power. By guiding readers through Bismarck's early influences, including his aristocratic upbringing and military career, the author establishes a foundation for understanding the motivations and ambitions that shaped the statesman's legacy.

One notable strength of this book lies in Greusel's ability to present a well-researched and engaging narrative that seamlessly blends historical facts, personal anecdotes, and nuanced interpretations. The author's evident expertise in the subject matter is evident in the vivid descriptions of Bismarck's political maneuvers, which provide a captivating behind-the-scenes look at the formation of the German Empire.

Furthermore, "Blood and Iron" transcends the conventional biographical approach by exploring the connections between Bismarck's character and the political landscape of the time. Greusel argues that Bismarck's personality traits, most notably his strategic cunning, unyielding determination, and willingness to employ "blood and iron" tactics, were instrumental in shaping the destiny of the German nation. By skillfully analyzing Bismarck's psyche, the author illuminates the pivotal role of individual agency in shaping historical events, offering readers a fresh perspective on the broader forces that shaped the German Empire.

Moreover, Greusel's prose is engaging and accessible, making this book suitable for both casual readers and history enthusiasts alike. The author takes complex concepts and historical details and presents them in a clear and concise manner, ensuring that readers of all backgrounds can follow the narrative easily.

That being said, one potential limitation of "Blood and Iron" lies in the author's focus primarily on Bismarck's persona rather than engaging with different perspectives or offering a more extensive analysis of the wider societal context. While Greusel acknowledges the influence of various external factors on Bismarck's decision-making, a more robust exploration of political, social, and economic dynamics would have enriched the overall narrative and provided a more holistic understanding of the German Empire's origins.

In conclusion, "Blood and Iron: Origin of German Empire As Revealed by Character of Its Founder, Bismarck" offers a captivating and illuminating exploration of Otto von Bismarck's life and its impact on the establishment of the German Empire. Greusel's meticulous research, engaging writing style, and focus on individual agency make this book a valuable resource for anyone interested in German history or the complex interplay between leadership and historical events.

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Origin of German Empire As Revealed by Character of Its Founder, Bismarck



THE SHAKESPEARE PRESS 114 116 E. 28th St. New York 1915

Copyright, 1915, John Hubert Greusel

Dedicated to Stella My Wife



Chapter I The Man Himself 1. The Giant's Ponderous Hammer 2. Grossly Human Is Our Bismarck 3. Despite Political Bogs 4. Genius Combined with Foibles

Chapter II Blood Will Tell 5. Iron headed Ancestry 6. Animal Basis of Rise to Power 7. "The Wooden Donkey Dies Today!"

Chapter III The Gothic Cradle 8. The Child of Destiny 9. Soft Carl, Spartan Louise

Chapter IV Sunshine and Shadow 10. Amazing Powers of Hereditary Traits 11. The Wolf's Breed 12. Twenty eight Duels! 13. Fizzle of First Official Service


Chapter V The Great Sorrow 14. The German Crazy Quilt 15... Continue reading book >>

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