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I know who Otto von Bismarck is, I understand how someone would qualify as a realist. I don't understand what a "Bismarckian realist" is. Could someone explain this concept to me in detail?

  • Can we have a source for that? – iphigenie Sep 4 '14 at 9:16
  • @iphigenie Here is my source. – Wilhelm Sep 4 '14 at 15:06
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Realism is a term with thousands of definitions. In this case, this is political realism. The meaning is that politics is based on power -- ultimately physical might. This view is often called Realpolitik. Specifically, Bismarck engaged in several measured trades rather than imagining he could get everything at once.

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