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The word saturation (Latin: saturare saturigen ) denoted a state of bourgeois satisfaction, on the one hand neutral in the sense of "satisfied, without further claims", on the other hand "〈devaluing〉 oversaturated, without spiritual claims".

In German political history at the end of the 19th century , saturation was the image that Otto von Bismarck wanted to paint of Germany abroad immediately after the establishment of the empire . He wanted to express that the empire was satisfied with the status quo and by no means aggressive, hungry for territory, and thus allayed the expansion fears of the great European powers Great Britain and Russia . The French revision efforts , especially after regaining the lost Alsace-Lorraine after the Franco-Prussian War of 1870/71 , should be weakened in their prospects for allies.

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  2. Encyclopedic overview: Under the sign of "saturation". The restrained power. In: Klaus Hildebrand : German Foreign Policy 1871-1918 (= Encyclopedia of German History. Vol. 2). Oldenbourg, Munich 1989; 3rd revised edition 2008, pp. 1 ff. ISBN 3-486-70139-8