MarÃÂa Ocampo Jaramillo
August 27th/ 2013
Otto Von Bismarck was a conservative German statesman who after a short period of small wars, managed to unify most of the German States into a powerful German Empire. To accomplish this, Bismarck implemented several internal and external policies in which he intended to give power to the state and make Germany a fully Nationalist, Protestant and Conservative country in which the elite, or in this case Junkers, could rule Germany and give Bismarck their whole support. In this essay I am going to assess the discriminatory and coercive policy against the Catholic minority in Germany because of its process of evolution and lack of effectiveness and I am also going to discuss and assess how effective was the ruling strategy of a big and very strong army which Bismarck used as a mean to indoctrinate with patriotic notion. Bismarck wanted to be known as a Savior, Peacemaker and an intelligent diplomat but he actually ruled with blood and iron and this affects in many ways how he took his decisions.
When unified, Germany was a very diverse country in terms of culture because of the different civilization that joined to be the powerful German Empire. Although there were many strong and non-nationalistic minorities, they did not pose any threat to the state, non-the less, Bismarck decided to label them as Reichsfeinde and impose policies of discrimination upon them in order to create a sense of Nationalism among the population due to the fact that they were teached to hate the minorities and support the state against them. The Catholic minority was the first one that was discriminated since 1866 when it was located in rural areas in the south-west and the Rhineland. In 1870 after the doctrine of Papal...