Guest Author - Rebecca Graf
Bismarck’s flaw in unification was the fact that his plan was too extensive. Hitler did not learn from this lesson as he kept moving forward against Europe and continue to construct and eliminate treaties. The one that would undermine all his plans was the Nazi Soviet Non-Aggression Pact. He agreed to keep friendly relations with Russia while he gobbled up the rest of Europe. Russia did not learn from Hitler’s previous acts and agreed to the deal. Hitler set the stage for his attack on Russia. He moved against his ally and found out that it was a foolish plan that would cripple the German army leading to his defeat. He had broken one too many treaties.
Bismarck brought Germany together but created bitterness that grew to war levels. He believed the military was the core of German power. Hitler fed on the bitterness of the Germans to rise to power and pulled the Germans together under a flag of nationalism that surpassed Bismarck’s. He focused on German blood and began a purifying policy that would kill millions of men, women, and children. Both men were excellent chess players as they pretended to be friends on the world scene while plotting the demise of said friends. Bismarck was successful in his actions as he died with Germany still an empire to be contended with. Hitler on the other hand broke one treaty that would destroy Germany for many decades and never give it the foundation to rise to such power again.
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Both men had a huge impact on Europe, but Hitler’s impact was deeper. He tore Europe apart like it had never experienced in all of history and took genocide to levels that have never been seen since. Bismarck’s nationalism affected Europe but more on the political scene. Hitler’s nationalism tore at the soul of mankind. Europe was never the same after Hitler.