• Arden Bucholz
Part of the European History in Perspective book series (EUROHIP)


Dealing with a legend is always hazardous. Moltke is arguably one of the five or ten most famous Germans of all time. In December 1899, at the turn of the millennium, the Berliner Illustrierte Zeitung conducted a reader survey. What was the most important invention of the century? The railroad. What was the most significant event? The unification of Germany. Who was the greatest statesman? Bismarck. Who was the century’s greatest thinker? Not Darwin, Kant, Schopenhauer or Nietzsche, but Moltke! He also came in a close second to Napoleon as the most important military leader.1


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