Briefly Trace the Process of German Unification

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Updated on: November 14th, 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.

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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