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1971, Germany. Silver "Otto von Bismarck / German Empire Centennial" Medal. UNC!

Mint Year: 1971 Condition: Marginal toning, minor contact-marks, otherwise UNCirculated!  Medallist: Medal - Otto von Bismarck (founder of the German Empire) / 100th Anniversary of the German Empire Material: Pure Silver (1000) Weight: 25.12gm Diameter: 40mm

Obverse: Head of Otto von Bismarck right. Legend: OTTO VON BISMARCK . GRÜNDER DES DEUTSCHEN REICHES . Translated: "Otto von Bismarck, founder of the German Empire."   Reverse: Scene of the proclamation of the German Empire with Emperor Wilhelm I "the Great" left, being cheered by the crowd as Otto von Bismarck reads the proclamation speech. Legend: . 1871 . 100 JAHRE . 1971 . KAISER-PROKLAMATION . 18 . JAN . 1871 . Translated: "1871, 100 Years . 1917 . Emperor´s Proclamation . 18th January 1817."

Otto Eduard Leopold, Prince of Bismarck, Duke of Lauenburg (1 April 1815 – 30 July 1898), known as Otto von Bismarck, was a conservative Prussian statesman who dominated German and European affairs from the 1860s   until 1890. In the 1860s, he engineered a series of wars that unified the German states, significantly and deliberately excluding Austria, into a powerful German Empire under Prussian leadership. With that accomplished by 1871, he skillfully used balance of power diplomacy to maintain Germany's position in a Europe which, despite   many disputes and war scares, remained at peace. For historian Eric Hobsbawm,   it was Bismarck who "remained undisputed world champion at the game of   multilateral diplomatic chess for almost twenty years after 1871, [and]   devoted himself exclusively, and successfully, to maintaining peace   between the powers."

In 1862, King Wilhelm I appointed Bismarck as Minister President of Prussia, a position he would hold until 1890 (except for a short break in 1873). He provoked three short, decisive wars against Denmark, Austria, and France,   aligning the smaller German states behind Prussia in its defeat of   France. In 1871, he formed the German Empire with himself as Chancellor, while retaining control of Prussia. His diplomacy of realpolitik and powerful rule at home gained him the nickname the "Iron   Chancellor." German unification and its rapid economic growth was the   foundation to his foreign policy. He disliked colonialism but   reluctantly built an overseas empire when it was demanded by both elite and mass opinion. Juggling a very   complex interlocking series of conferences, negotiations and alliances,   he used his diplomatic skills to maintain Germany's position and used   the balance of power to keep Europe at peace in the 1870s and 1880s.

A master of complex politics at home, Bismarck created the first welfare state in the modern world, with the goal of gaining working class support that might otherwise go to his Socialist enemies. In the 1870s, he allied himself with the Liberals (who were low-tariff   and anti-Catholic) and fought the Catholic Church in what was called the Kulturkampf ("culture struggle"). He lost that battle as the Catholics responded by   forming a powerful Centre party and using universal male suffrage to   gain a bloc of seats. Bismarck then reversed himself, ended the Kulturkampf, broke with the Liberals, imposed protective tariffs, and formed a political alliance with the Centre Party to fight the Socialists.   A devout Lutheran, he was loyal to his king, who argued with Bismarck   but in the end supported him against the advice of his wife and his   heir. While the Reichstag,   Germany's parliament, was elected by universal male suffrage, it did   not have much control of government policy; Bismarck distrusted   democracy and ruled through a strong, well-trained bureaucracy with   power in the hands of a traditional Junker elite that consisted of the landed nobility. Under Wilhelm I, Bismarck   largely controlled domestic and foreign affairs, until he was removed by   the young Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1890, at the age of seventy-five.

Bismarck—a Junker himself—was strong-willed, outspoken and sometimes   judged overbearing, but he could also be polite, charming and witty.   Occasionally he displayed a violent temper, and he kept his power by   melodramatically threatening resignation time and again, which cowed   Wilhelm I. He possessed not only a long-term national and international   vision but also the short-term ability to juggle complex developments.   As the leader of what historians call "revolutionary conservatism," Bismarck became a hero to German nationalists; they built many monuments honoring the founder of the new Reich.   Many historians praise him as a visionary who was instrumental in   uniting Germany and, once that had been accomplished, kept the peace in   Europe through adroit diplomacy.

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