How did Otto von Bismarck deal with the Poles whom he saw as a threat to the unity of the German Reich?

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  • marco
    Lv 5
    3 years ago
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    He did three major policies.

    The first was to divide them. For instance, German and Polish Jews were given a lot of rights and treated nicely, far beyond anywhere else in Europe. This made them think of German Empire as a benevolent state that would take care of them. Many Jews were thus fiercely loyal to the Germans. Bismarck intended to use them as a counter balance to the non-Jewish Polish, as the anti-German Poles would be opposed by pro-German Poles.

    Second was Germanization. Polish was not taught in schools, and often family members taught each other Polish to preserve the language. Cities, towns and places were often given German names.

    The last was to ensure that Germans held most of the power. Many higher up positions were filled by Germans. Just 20% of Polish administrative duties were actually done by Poles. The good farmlands were all given to Germans, the poorer soil given to Polish. This was to ensure that the Poles would never get so powerful as to demand independence.

  • 3 years ago

    Poland was part of Russia at the time, and there were Poles living in Prussia. During the Napoleonic Wars Germans and Poles fought alongside each other. All throughout the 19th century Russia's territorial ambitions were in Southeastern Europe and in Asia. Polish-German tensions began after WWI, not before it.

  • 3 years ago

    It is so difficult to do

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