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Compare and contrast the goals and methods of Cavour in ltaly and Bismarck in Germany  

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Cavour and Bismarck were both pivotal figures in the history of the Nationalist Movements of the Nineteenth Century, and there are numerous points of similarity between the two. For one thing, both Cavour and Bismarck had similar political backgrounds, as Prime Minister within a centralized State, with Cavour in Piedmont-Sardinia and Bismarck in Prussia. In both cases, unification was carried out through means of political manipulation and warfare. For example, Cavour proved quite adroit at manipulating European Great Power rivalries for his own political purposes: for example, you can point towards his allying with France against Austria. Both Bismarck and Cavour utilized war and politics to their advantage.

I would say one of the critical differences between Cavour and Bismarck lies in the political contrast between Cavour's Piedmont-Sardinia and Bismarck's Prussia. Simply stated, Prussia was a much more powerful state, and had already had a long history as a European great power,...

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