Prince Otto Furst von Bismarck-Schonhausen
- aka The Iron Chancellor
- Architect of the German Empire. Credited with the 1871 unification of Germany.
- Warned against taking the provinces of Alsace-Lorraine from France after the 1870 Franco-Prussian War.
- Warned against the violation of Belgian neutrality as dictated by the Schlieffen Plan.
- Had difficulty winning approval of alliance with Austria-Hungary. Wilhelm I was worried it would offend Russia.
- Dismissed as Chancellor by Wilhelm II in Mar-1890.
- His legacy of alliances proved difficult for his successors to manage.
This 1887 American political cartoon depicts the Chancellor balancing the figures of war and peace on a teeter-totter made up of a powder keg and a board named "European politics". At the same time, he is juggling the great powers of Europe. An artillery piece lies in the foreground.
- "I am bored. The great things are done. The German Reich is made."
- Bismarck after the German unification of 1871
- "A generation that has taken a beating is always followed by a generation that deals one."
- Bismarck on France
- "Some damned foolish thing in the Balkans,"
- Bismarck's prediction on what would provoke the next war