Thursday, June 6, 2013
In the modern world, global dominance was achieved through unique strategies and a fast come back due to strong leaders within the country. In the middle 1800’s, Germany was lead by Otto Von Bismarck who “was responsible for the political strategy that lead to [the] unification[of Germany]” (page 42 in the Nationalism reader). The political strategy he used was called Realpolitik where he believed that nations should do whatever is necessary to get what they want. For example, Bismarck demonstrated Realpolitik when send out the Ems Telegram to France instigating the Franco-Prussian war. Due to the concept of Realpolitik, Bismarck joined the southern German states to the Northern German confederation by instigating this war with France. Therefore, because of Bismarck’s advanced political strategy and strong leadership, he was able to take over other nations as well as unifying Germany. Later in the early 1900s, Germany uses war tactics and strategies to meet their goals. Later at the Paris Peace conference, because of Germany’s advanced and threatening military, the Allied powers limited the size of German army. Unfortunately, Germany was held responsible for the damage of the war and was forced to pay reparations for the property. Although the negative outcome of the war, Germany’s new, strong, totalitarian leader, Adolf Hitler used his drive for power to win 229 seats in the German Parliament and became the most representative party by using the strategy of brownshirts to influence the population. Therefore, even though Germany was responsible for the reparations of the war, Germany’s fast come back and beneficial strategies due to Germany’s strong leaders made her one of the most influential and dominant nations of modern world history.
- Natasha Snapper, Purple