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1860: Wilhelm I ascends to throne and struggles to deal with Liberal factors, especially Military.
I don't know what I am doing!
1861: Otto von Bismarck is appointed as Chief Minister to assist Wilhelm with running country.
I want all the power for Prussia. We are the best!
In the 1860's, Bismarck 'manoeuvred' two wars. 1st on on Denmark and split the land. 2nd war was on Austria and the German Confederation was dissolved.
1867: Bismarck establishes German confederation, led by Prussia. This excluded Austria. It was a federal state and a new constitution was established.
1870: Bismarck manoeuvred another war, on Spain this time. Prussia won and Alsace Lorraine was handed over. Prussia now had more land and power.
GERMAN EMPIRE DECLARED (Southern states had joined North) Constitution: •Kaiser: hereditary monarch, head of the government. •Government: decided outlines of policy. •Reichstag: lower house, right of free speech. •Bundersrat: upper house, initiate legislation and could veto laws.
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