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BIsmarck and his Foreign Policy

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Introduction

Bismarck was forced to contend with French revanchism- the desire to avenge the loss in the Franco-Prussian War. Bismarck adopted a policy of diplomatically isolating France, whilst maintaining cordial relations with the other nations in Europe, such as Russia and Austria. ...read more.

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He also prevented anti-German coalition, and helped prevent Austria and Russia from coming to blows in the Balkans. In 1872 he extended the hand of friendship to the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Russia by the formation of the Dreikaiserb´┐Żnd. This was a clever move by Bismarck, this was an alliance of three conservative monarchies designed to stop the spread of revolution in Europe and preserve the status quo in Europe. ...read more.

Conclusion

It did however ensure co-operation among the three Eastern powers rather than rivalry which was Bismarck's primary objective. By bringing the two potential enemies into an alliance it was doomed to fail from the beginning. Bismarck also helped negotiate a settlement at the Congress of Berlin in 1878, by offered to act as an "honest broker". Russia had ratified the Treaty of San Stefano and was happy in controlling Bulgaria and treating it as a satellite country. ...read more.

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