Some people believe that Bismarck planned all the events from 1862-1870 but some others say he just took advantage of the situations thrust upon him. I actually believe it was somewhere in the middle. The following essay will explain why. The way things played out for Bismarck made some people believed that Bismarck planned everything out but this is not true because three wars happened from 1862-1870 and there are plenty of reasons that make it pretty clear that Bismarck couldnt have planned everything. When it comes to the war with Denmark Bismarck had no control over the Kings death which led to the Throne getting passed to Glucksberg.
If these events hadnt of happened a chance of a war would have been much slimmer. Also the Austro-Prussian war wouldnt have started if the Austrians hadnt mobilized their troops and this is something Bismarck did not have control of. And lastly, the Franco-Prussian war might not have started if the Spanish king had not died and if the war had started and if he had planned the war he would have no idea that the French would be unprepared. On the other hand he may have planned a few things before hand because during the war with Denmark he has already gotten Austria to join him so he was ready to fight.
Also before the Austro-Prussian war Bismarck was discussing the treaty of Gastein and he also became allies with Italy against Austria and he mobilized his troops. And finally before the Franco-Prussian war he was building up the Prussian military before the war. In the end I believe that Bismarck planned for all the wars but he did not plan from the beginning to do everything that he did but he did plan some things as well as take advantage of all the opportunities thrust upon him during his time as a leader.