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History Essay The Unification of Germany Patrick Love In the 19th century a new idea had a profound effect on the borders of Europe Both Germany and Italy were affected by Nationalism and the idea for many independent states to band together and create a more prosperous and powerful kingdom In the case of Germany it was a series of events that Otto Von Bismark effectively facilitated that led to Germany more so as we know it today One point that is important to realize while discussing unification it can be achieved by both having liberated peoples romantic nationalism or a single leader playing his cards right for his advantage Though Bismarck did utilize both these techniques it is fair to say that he himself was a romantic nationalist Britannica encyclopedia article and this was what won him and the people a single nation The First step of Bismarcks long trek to unification started in the early 1860s when he conspired with Austria to invade the Duchies to the north He did it in a very sneaky way however where he was able to have Austria convinced that the invasion didnt have a role in their countrys unification At the treaty of Gastein after a successful invasion of the duchies it was decided that the northern Danish territories were to be split between Germany and Austria This however Bismarck did not accept because he knew if Austria would use those territories against them when they started showing signs of unifying This brought Bismarck to his second invasion that decade when later that year he reinvaded Holstein that was at the time owned by Austria Though this made Austria a dead enemy of Prussia he was able to stabilize his control and perceived leadership in the country which was important for promotion nationalistic pride because it is harder to have people proud of a leader with instability The second step was to get
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