Otto Von Bismarck, the "Iron chancellor", had an important role not only in the unification of Germany, but in the history of Europe during the last decades of the 19th century. Here you have some questions to learn something more about his policy in different fields:
What was Kulturkampf in Germany?
Why is Bismarck considered to be the ruler who put the basis of the Welfare State? What did this policy have to do with Bismarck´s policy against the Socialists?
What type of economic foreign policy did Germany follow under Bismarck´s rule? What differences did this policy have with the principles on which Zollverein was based?
What was Bismarck´s opinion on colonialism? Why did he change his mind?
What colonies did the German Empire seize in the last decades of the 19th century? What international conference was called on by Bismarck to organize the colonization of Africa?
What was the main objective of the Bismarckian diplomatic system? Can you remember a similar policy we studied in the Modern Age period?
What does this cartoon refer to?
Dropping the pilot, 1890