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1) 1897 The earliest reference I could find is Christoph von Tiedemann on p. 42 of Persönliche Erinnerungen an den Fürsten Bismarck (S. Hirze, 1898, link) based on a 1897 talk: "ich habe nicht schlafen können, ich habe die ganze Nacht gehaßt", sagte er mir eines Morgens Von Tiedemann knew von Bismarck personally and spent a lot of time with him. The ...


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They didn't trust Italians… German Empire and Austria-Hungary were allies and agreed for mutual support in case of war. That means Germany may rush South to help, or Austria may rush North to do likewise. And by then railways were a must for all armies. Looking at the map for the state-owned railways in 1912 shows — Staatsbahnen und Privatbahnen im ...


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Note that this answer was written before "Update 2" in the question appeared. Summary It seems to be an anecdote, reported only one single time, as "he once said", by one source, undated. It is of a singular nature, not repeating. In that single source it has no relation to any specific occasion and is even phrased with ambiguity, possibly even with an ...


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The Bismarck Stiftung contains a short list of quotes, none of which fit the given quote. A further article (Bismarck and the Russian values) Bismarck und die russischen Werte (in German), express some surprise on how Bismarck is perceived in Russia. A Moscow billboard, in 2016, is shown with a picture and supposed quote from Bismarck Russland. Meine ...


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Bismarck is very famous for his quotes, but even the Otto-von-Bismarck-Stiftung has no complete summary of them (at least online). Asking them would be your best option for a reliable result, since his quotes are often used out of the original context.


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Retranslating this apparently decidedly Russian proverb into German is not found in this exact phrasing in Bismarck literature. Using variations of the words is equally unproductive and even permuting the basal concepts didn't give me anything close to such a short aphorism. The saying is most likely a condensed paraphrase of describing realpolitik as ...


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Here is a possible explanation; you can find supporting details here: Most of the materials are in the form of translated memoirs of Bismarck and Wilhelm II. While, obviously, biased, the two agree on principal facts. From the editorial comments: … Clearly, the Anti-Socialist Laws of 1878 had failed to curb the growth of militant labor organizations. ...


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