HIS 102
Bismarck Paragraph Assignment





Prince Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898), painted by Franz von Lenbach (1836-1904) circa 1890 well after Bismarck had reached old age and just before Kaiser Wilhelm II relieved Bismarck of his posts as Chancellor of Germany, Prime Minister of Prussia and Foreign Minister of Prussia.  In the portrait, Bismarck, depicted in a ceremonial white Cuirassier uniform, still retains his power and majesty while wearing his Pour le mérite medal (Prussia's highest military award).  The original is at the Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz, but I found this image online elsewhere.

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Read the excerpt from Bismarck's memoirs (along with the short background notes on Bismarck and the study questions) and answer the following question in a paragraph:

Citing specific evidence from Bismarck's memoirs (not from the textbook), what were some of the main features of Bismarck's conservative ideology?
Your paragraph should be about one-half page in length, double-spaced with one-inch margins, font size 10 or 12; it should contain a concise topic sentence that directly responds to the assigned question (no need to define terms or cite a dictionary) and use direct, quoted material to support your points.  You may consider submitting a draft of your assignment to your instructor for feedback before submitting the assignment for a grade. Please send some specific questions that you would like answered about your draft. The questions can be general (Is my thesis/first sentence clear?) or specific (Is the phrase, "Chardin was jeweller," written correctly?).
Your assignment should be sent to your course instructor following the directions for submitting assignments.
Please take a moment to review all of my support materials in Charlie's History Writing Center for additional information on the writing requirements for the assignments in the course..
The Required Bismarck Paragraph is worth a maximum of 50 points.



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