The Opening of the Prussian Chamber (January 14, 1861)
King Wilhelm I opens the Prussian Chamber in the White Hall of the Royal Palace in Berlin on January 14, 1861. In this same year, Wilhelm's refusal to yield to the liberal parliamentary majority in military matters caused a constitutional crisis. Considering abdication, he called in Otto von Bismarck as minister president. With ruthless energy, Bismarck eventually broke the liberals' resistance. Wood engraving after a drawing by H. Scherenberg.