Otto von Bismarck (1815–1898), chancellor of Germany from 1871 to 1890.
When fired by Kaiser Wilehelm II, Bismark’s policies and alliances fell apart and Europe got one step closer to WWI. Kaiser Wilhelm engaged Britain in a sea arms race and looked at attaining more colonies. Bismark had wanted to be allies with Britain and also felt the future and security of the German state lay within Europe.
Once, when asked about the map of Africa the countries of Europe were dividing up among themselves he replied “Your map of Africa is really quite nice. But my map of Africa lies in Europe. Here is Russia, and here… is France, and we’re in the middle — that’s my map of Africa." He was talking about what was his greatest problem which was that Germany was right in between two great powers that didn’t like Germany all that well. He wanted to, at all costs, keep those two from becoming allies and causing trouble for Germany.