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Chancellor Otto von Bismarck

Otto von Bismarck (1815–1898) was a Prussian nobleman and politician, who served as Prime Minister of Prussia (1862–1873 and 1873–1890) and as Chancellor of the German Empire (1871–1890). He was nicknamed the “Iron Chancellor,” as he emphasized military strength, industrial development and conservative politics that kept power in the hands of the monarchy, the nobility and the propertied classes. However, during the 1880s, Bismarck introduced some of the first modern social welfare measures, such as old-age pensions, and health and accident insurance. Although the intent of Bismarck’s social welfare measures was to win support for him and his party from the working classes, they became influential models for many other countries, especially Great Britain.

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