What Did Bismarck Mean by His Expression "Blood and Iron"?

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German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck used the expression "Blood and Iron," or more accurately "Eisen und Blut," to describe how the great moments in history are decided through conflict and warfare. Bismarck's phrase was meant to assert that wars decide the major events of history, and it was delivered as an appeal to the Prussian Parliament to increase defense spending.

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