Thursday, May 26

Who was Otto von Bismarck, the man who founded modern Germany 150 years ago

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The painter of this work, Anton von Werner, witnessed the birth of Germany and documented it with this painting made in 1885. William I is standing on a stage surrounded by princes.

It is curious to think that there is so much of the world as we know it is such a recent construction.

The essential was there, of course. But artificial issues like countries were slow to take the forms we are used to.

And not always in the expected order.

By the time most of the New World countries were independent, in the Old World there were still some to be defined.

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