The strengths and weaknesses of Klemens von Metternich and Otto von Bismarck are first seen in their character. A person’s character defines who they are and reflects their ideals; these two men’s characters did more than just define them—they radiated from them. Their character strengths and flaws made it possible for them to make the decisions that would keep the peace after the Napoleonic Wars and help unite Germany.
Prince Klemens von Metternich, the “coachman of Germany,” had a towering personality that served him well during his reign as Chancellor of Austria. The article by Nick Pelling, Metternich: Success or Failure, described Metternich’s personality as “anything but dull” (Pelling). Metternich was known to brag about “his ability to bore people into submission” and he referred to his conservative philosophy as a “set of ‘boring old principles’” that was not...
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...ed his earlier tries to unite Germany because it made the majority of German Catholics more sympathetic towards Papal authority. His third failure
Who was better fitted to rule Germany is largely a matter of perspective and there are many pros and cons that need to be weighed before a conclusion is reached.
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