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Bismarck: Defender of International Law

Author: Brad A. Kromrie
M.A. in History
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
November 2012

The focus of the thesis is on Prussia's minister-president, Otto von Bismarck, and his relations with Britain during Germany’s "Wars of Unification." The research is presented in an essay format that is constructed through research from journal articles, primary sources, and secondary sources. The study demonstrates the importance of Britain in Bismarck's foreign policy as he knew Britain could tip the balance in favor of Prussia’s enemies. While enticing Demark, Austria, and France with opportunities to alter international law to their advantage, Bismarck prevented Britain from influencing the outcomes of Prussia’s three wars by defending international law. The minister-president understood that each power wanted changes to international law except for Britain.