The Krupp family was a German dynasty of industrialists. During the time of Bismark Fredrick Alfred Krupp was leader of the Krupp Company. Fredrick began the production of steel aromor plates and expanded into ship building and steam shipping.
Napoleon Invades Russia
Napoleon invaded their land to teach the Russian King a lesson. Napoleon brought his Grande Army of of at least 450,000 soldiers. After their first success things soon become miserable and deadly due to Russia's harsh conditions. Eventually Napoleons's Grande Arrmy was forced to retreat. Only about a fraction of the soldiers made it home because thousands of soldiers were killed due to exposure and starvation.
Otto Von Bismark Birth
Otto Von Bismark was born in Schoöhausen Germany. He was a conservative Prussian Statesman and dominated Germnay in the Europen affairs until 1890.
Congress of VIenna
The Congress of Vieanna was a assembly that reorganized Europe after the Napoleonic Wars. Austira, Prussia, and Great Briatian were the main powers in overthrowing Napoleon. It was the most comprehensive treaty that Europe had ever seen.
Battle of Waterloo
The Battle of Waterloo took place in Belguim and marked the final defeat of Emporer Napoleon Bonaparte. After the battle, he abddicated from his throne and died in exile.
Zollverein was the German Custom's Union that created a free trade area throughout most of Germany. It aided the unification of Germany. In the beginning, Zollverein was intended to cement alliances between the German states.
The Frankfurt Assembly was the fisrt freely elected parlimint for all of Germany. The assembly only lasted until the next year until it fell apart.
Fredrick WIlliam IV is offered the throne
He was offered the throne in 1848 by the Franfurt Asembly. Fredrick William IV originally refused the offer, but eventually accepted.
Blood and Iron Speech
His famous speech was given at a meeting of the budget comission of the Prussian Parliment. In the Parliment he called for a small German Nation-state dominated by Prussia, and rejected suggestion of liberal reform.
Bismark Declares War on Denmark
Bismark declared war on Denmark when the king of Denmark declared two small German states as a part of Denmark. Prussia and Austria teamed up in this war and quickly defeated Denmark.
Bismark Declares War on Austria
This war was planned out by Bismark who saw Austria as a threat. He had previously made several treaties that would aid him in a war against Austria, provided Austria was an agressor.
It was a communication between King WIlliam of Prussia that Bismark edited and released to the public. Bismark published this in an attempt to provoke the French.
This war started due to the Ems message that Bismark leaked. The French king declared war because he was assured by his military advisors that he could win and to restore his declining popularity. Prussia won, which resulted in a united German nation.
Bismark becomes Chancellor
When Otto Von Bismark was rebelious as a child and had no discipline in his life. When he was 30, he changed his life around and gained powerful spot in the German Government.
Economic Growth 1871-1914
Otto Von Bismark led Germany through a period of huge economic growth after the unification of Germany. In the span of 50 years Germnay grew from a futile simplicity to a great power. The economic growth was due to the large population growth and Bismark's imperial ideas.
Campaign Against Church (Kulturekampf)
German policies in relation to the church inacted by Prime Minister Otto Von Bismark. He viewed the Catholic Church as a threat and wanted to reduce its power. This move backfired when people rallied around the church.
Population Growth 1871-1914
In the twenty years prior to the first world war the rate of pupulation growth averaged 1.34%. It grew from 41 million in 1871 to 49.7 million by 1891. By 1911 it had increased to 65.3 million.
Germany is Created
THe princes of the German states had a meeting at the Hall of Mirrios in Versailles. Here they declared that WIllhelm of Prussia as the Emporer of the German Empire.
German Constitution Drafted by Bismark
It was the basic law of the German Empire until 1919. German historians commonly refer to it as Bismark's imperial constitution.
Campaign Against Socialists
Bismark inacted policies against the socialists who he saw as a threat. This included tariffis on iron and grain. However, this move backfired and Bismark was forced to impose more socialist policies in his government which had a very lasting effect on Germany.
William II becomes Kaiser
In his early reign he gained his reputation as a swaggering militarist through his speeches and ill-advised newspaper interviews. People blamed him for WWI and in late 1918 he was forced to abdicate.
In 1890 Bismark was forced to resign by new Emporer WIlliam II. He retired to his estate in Hamburg, and he died there on July 30, 1898