Cooper German Unification
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WE WANT UNIFICATION!!
WHO IS THAT?
I AM Otto von Bismarck AND I WILL UNITE GERMANY THROUGH BLOOD AND IRON
I KNOW I KNOW SETTLE DOWN
Before 1871 Germany was a collection of states with one shared language. Middle class intellectuals wanted to unite the states into one nation.
Otto von Bismarck wanted the powerful state Prussia to unify and rule over the german states.
Otto von Bismarck strengthened the Prussian army to prepare for war against Austria. Austria had been opposed to german states having too much power. Prussia won the war against Austria.
Prussia later went to war with Francein 1870. The Franco-Prussian war was devastating for. Now Germany was stronger than ever.
Bismark went on to gather the German generals princes and kings at Versailles and proclaimed the new and powerful country of Germany, changing Europe forever.
Industries in the now unified Germany were now booming because they had lots of coal and iron. Also the large population provided a highly skilled workforce.