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William I, German Emperor
William I (Wilhelm I)
1797 – 1888,
King of Prussia from 2 January 1861 and the first German Emperor from 18 January 1871 until his death and the first head of state...
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Otto von Bismarck (1815 - 1898)
1870/71 Franco-Prussian War
1871 Proclamation of the German Empire
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William I, German Emperor (1797 - 1888)
22nd March 2022 - 225th Anniversary of his Birth
King of Prussia from 2 January 1861 and the first German Emperor from 18 January 1871 to his death, the first head of state of a united Germany.
In his memoirs, Chancellor of the German Empire Otto von Bismarck describes William as an old-fashioned, courteous, infallibly polite gentleman and a genuine Prussian officer, whose good common sense was occasionally undermined by "female influences". This was a reference to William's wife, who had been educated by, among others Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and was intellectually superior to her husband.
Despite possessing considerable power as Kaiser, William left the task of governing mostly to his chancellor, limiting himself to representing the state and approving Bismarck's every policy
1870/71 DEUTSCH-FRANZÖSISCHER KRIEG