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His domestic policies maintained a strong central governmental style, with opposing groups, including Catholics and socialists, often marginalised (see ANTI-SOCIALIST LAWS, KULTURKAMPF). Despite some welfare provision and universal suffrage, democracy was not givcn a chanceto flourish. '>ERBUND and the TRIPLE ALLIANCE, and through Bismarck's leading role in the 1878 BERLIN CONGRESS. Bismarck resigned and retired from public life in 1890 over policy differences with the new Emperor, WILLIAM II. Black Redistribution see POPULISM.
The Frenchresponseto this camein the Milan Decreeof December1807, which ordered all neutral ships to comply with the blockade. The treaty of TILSIT brought Prussiaand Russiainto the system,while Portugaland Spain were included in 1808, one of the acts which precipitated the PeninsularWar. The blockadeworked to a point, as the UK suffered a recessionfrom 1808 until 1811, and it forced the UK into a war with the USA in 1812 over neutral shipping.
They allowed for greater state control over student politics; for the widespread censorshipof the press and literature in general; and for the establishmentof a commissionat Mainz dedicatedto identifying and closing down revolutionary societies throughout the Confederation. These ideas fed into the subsequentconstitutional reform of the Confederation. The decrees successfully suppressedthe open discussion of radicalism, progressivism and NATIONALISM in the German statesuntil the I 840s. Carnot, Lazare (1753-1823)French soldier and politician.