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1Leadership Bismarck played an important role when he came into power he had everything laid out for him It was a matter of how he utilizes them Recognized opportunities and utilized them to Germany s benefit used the Luxemburg issue to gain public opinion of the three Southern German states against France This led to the Franco-Prussian war of 1870 Final phase of unification took place when there was a strong disagreement between France and Prussia about the union of the three south German states with the North Confederation This led to the Franco-Prussian war It was Bismarck s intention to inflame the 3 south German states with anti-French feelings so as to get then to be favourable towards the North Confederation So far Bismarck had managed to unify all the states except for the 3southern states Initially he was hesitant to unify them due to religious issues North Confederation- Protestant Southern states- Catholics However as France saw itself as the protector of Catholicism the 3 southern states were in favour of France Therefore Bismarck saw this as a threat to the unification Thus in 1870 Bismarck edited a telegram implying that the ambassador of France had insulted the Prussian King He leaked the letter to both population France and both northern and southern Germany Nationalistic sentiments were aroused and both the population was in favour for war The 3 southern states were ready to go to Prussia s side without any hesitation 2Leading State Prussia Largest state Largest population Military is powerful Stable economically and politically Most modernized and developed German state Prussia took the lead in the creation and direction of the customs union Zollverein as it had access to natural resources in the Rhine Elba and Oder Therefore when the Zollverein was successful Prussia was able to sustain a large army its funds coming
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