German Unification
Updated: 1/28/2021
German Unification

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  • Historians called this German Particular-ism.
  • German Unification was a process that took almost all of the 19th century. Before Unification Germany was just a bunch of miscellaneous shapes.
  • This push to Unifying Germany would prove difficult, since Germany was all separate  parts, each part had developed their own religious,. social, and cultural differences.
  • The Holy Roman Empire alone had 500 independent states when it dissolved in 1806. The German speaking people of the old empire all shared linguistic, cultural, and legal traditions.
  • These traditions were further enhanced by the French Revolutionary war, and the Napoleonic wars.
  • The number of fragmented German states dropped considerably from several hundred to several dozen in the aftermath of the 1815 congress of Vienna after the Napoleonic wars.
  • This is because the Austrians dominated central Europe with a loosely organized German confederation.
  • After the wars there were the revolutions of 1848, during this time German Unification was a major objective. Therefore German states met and created a federal union with a national parliament to be elected. This led to parliament electing Otto Von Bismarck as emperor.
  • Bismarck, made it his goal to unify the German states. Thus after he manipulated a letter sent by the French Ambassador to the German states, The states then rallied to the side of Prussia thus unifying them as a whole. They then went on to defeat the French in battle.