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Bismarck, the man and the statesman [Leather Bound]

A. J. P Taylor
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  • Leather Bound: 286 pages
  • Publisher: The Easton Press; Collector's ed edition (1992)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007I523K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Format:Paperback
Bismarck was one of the most important men of the late 19th Century, unifying Germany and building it up into one of the Greatest powers of Europe. In this book, A.J.P Taylor produces one of the best reviews of Bismarck available, showing to the reader the influences that his life had on his policy. Taylor shows Bismarck to be a deeply opinionated man, but shows that his principles, although formed by his experiences, were often fluid and depended deeply on how best to keep himself in power and Germany as strong as possible.
Taylor is a wonderful writer of this sort of history, not simply showing what Bismack did and thought, but why. He shows the man who built up the German Kaiser into an almost unassailable position to be on principle a republican, but explains why this principle was ignored. In this brilliant work, Taylor picks up on a number of aspects of Bismarck's personality and policy that I have never seen considered before, and offers a number of possible reasons for actions that other historians seem to have a great difficulty attributing to anything at all.
This book will be exceedingly interesting to anyone who reads modern European History, and even if this area is not one that a reader has any special interest in, it is very easy to read. Strongly reccommended.
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Given the long and illustrious career of Bismarck including his 28 year term as German Chancellor this book can become complicated to follow though through no fault of the author. This is the first book I have read by Taylor. I found his style of narrative to be very interesting, fluid and objective. For anyone who is interested in contemporary history particularly that of the late 19th century this is a must read as Bismarck is the pivotol figure of this period. Taylor who seems to have extensively examined memoirs and documents of Bismarck and Germany offers a deep insight into this complex character. He offers a clear reasoning behind Bismarck's changing and contradictory domestic policies engineered to the retention of his Chancellorship. We see the character of a man deeply concerned for his own self preservation yet not without his own merits proving a master in the arena of foreign affairs. This book is a great account of the life of Bismarck and well worth the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Taylor at his best 27 Jan 2014
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A very lucid account of Bismarck that debunks myths and gives insight into the man and his life and times.
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