Talk:Otto von Bismarck

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 Definition German statesman who led Prussia, was the architect of a unified Germany and served as its first chancellor. [d] [e]

I just copied over and edited slightly a bibliographical e-mail I sent to someone on Bismarck to help her in an assignment. Not by any means comprehensive, but it's a start.

Forgive me for being blunt, Rob, but I'm not sure that it wouldn't be better to delete this and start from scratch. It looks to me as though this article is something of a less-polished paraphrase of the wikipedia article on Bismarck. The wikipedia article isn't as bad as it might be, but it's not really very sophisticated. I actually have at hand A.J.P. Taylor's biography of Bismarck. It's not the best or most up to date biography of the man, but it's decent enough, and should be fine as the basis for a basic encyclopedia article on him. Would you mind terribly if I started over and wrote something based on that? John Kenney 01:37, 12 March 2007 (CDT)


No offense taken, it wasn't meant to be encyclopedic when I wrote it for my friend and I merely brought it over because I figured a start is better than nothing. I was going to come through later and try to clean it up and elaborate (certainly extend it beyond 1870.) By all means go ahead and do what you want with this (especially since it seems to be related to your area of expertise.) -Rob Glass 09:45, 12 March 2007 (CDT)
Great, thanks. I'll try to get to work later today. John Kenney 09:56, 12 March 2007 (CDT)
Hey there. I stuck my nose in and gave the article a sweep for narrative, changing the flow a little. Nothing too major, and no content changes. However, I couldn't do anything with this bit:
To solidify his successes Bismarck North German Confederation as a federation between the Northern German allies from the last war and Prussia, with Prussia at its head with King Wilhelm as President, and Bismarck as Chancellor.
I'm not sure what should be coming after Bismarck; I'm suspecting that he created it, but it's late and I'm not looking to go find that information right now. --Jason S. Colflesh 21:51, 1 August 2007 (CDT)

Towards Approval

Clearly, some German citizens should review.

Given that we've had recent approval activity with social policy, his roles should be emphasized. Perhaps his role in the late 19th century naval races might be covered a bit more deeply.

Otherwise, it seems a good article. Howard C. Berkowitz 18:15, 10 June 2010 (UTC)