Briefly Trace the Process of German Unification

By Balaji

Updated on: March 23rd, 2023

The process of German Unification was announced on 18 January 1871 into a federal-dominated Prussia. The announcement was made at the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles in France. This event majorly impacted European politics for decades. There existed a confederated realm of German princedoms that had some adjacent lands included in it as well. It dates back to the Treaty of Verdun of 843.

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Process of German Unification

There never existed a German sense of national identity. This only came towards the beginning of the 19th century, in the 1800s.

  • The German Confederation united the middle-class workers of the states. However, their plans would not pan out due to the actions of Junkers, the large landowners of Prussia.
  • Prussia won wars with Austria, Denmark, and France over seven years time and this methodically solidified its position in Europe and unified Germany under the Prussian Empire.
  • Throughout this process, a lot of importance was assigned to modernizing the currency, army, banking, and judicial systems in Germany.
  • This event had a major effect on Europe’s politics for the decades to come. The German empire was officially unified and came to be dominated by the Prussian federalist structure.

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