Bismarck - The Iron Chancellor

An insight into the life and political career of Prussian statesman and Germany's first Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, who dominated German and European politics for almost four decades between the 1860s and 1890s. Labelled "world champion at the game of multilateral diplomatic chess" he was domestically known for his 'Kulturkampf' against the church and uncompromising stance towards the rising labour movement, but he was also the creator of the first social security system in Germany.

This course will be delivered both face-to-face at WEA Sydney and online via the online platform Zoom simultaneously. Enrolling students need to ensure they have an email, a reliable internet connection, microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer if they are attending via Zoom or have read the current COVID-19 Safety Guidance that WEA Sydney has put in place before enrolling into the face-to-face class.

SUGGESTED READING

  • Bismarck : a life / Jonathan Steinberg; Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. ISBN 9-7801-995-9901-1
  • Bismarck and the German Empire, 1871-1918 / Lynn Abrams; London : Routledge, 2006.2nd ed ISBN 9-7804-153-3796-0
  • A duel of giants: Bismarck, Napoleon III, and the origins of the Franco-Prussian War / David Wetzel; Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press, c2001. ISBN 9-7802-991-7490-3.

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Early life
  • Prussian Chancellor
  • Road to German unity
  • International relations
  • Domestic politics

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Describe Bismarck’s contribution to European politics of the 19th century.
  2. Name Bismarck’s main achievements.
  3. Identify historically significant events shaping Bismarck’s life and career.
$39 Limited

<p>An insight into the life and political career of Prussian statesman and Germany's first Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, who dominated German and European politics for almost four decades between the

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15 Apr
$39 Limited

<p>An insight into the life and political career of Prussian statesman and Germany's first Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, who dominated German and European politics for almost four decades between the

...
15 Apr

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