"While infinitely flexible in detail, he envisaged from the first the conditions of the German problem"
although initial plan "he began lo live with reality instead of trying to force his will on it"
Bismarck as a predecesor of Hitler: consistently beliigrent
Bismarck had little to do with his success: "the sorcerer's apprentice"
Bismarck as a dyke captain: losing bearings after creation of the empire