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German Unification The unification of Germany was quicker and more valid than that of Italys Most of Europe did not like Germany for the fact that they did not want a large power of Germans in the middle of Europe Before unification there had been 300 German states During the 30 years war tens of thousands of Germans died resulting in a new generation of Germans with war in their bloodstream This of course will help Germany in its quest to become unified Germany had problems though France did not want the Germans to unify Austria a German state wanted things to stay the same and the northern states were Protestant and looked up to Prussia while the southern states were Catholic and looked up to Austria In 1861 William I took the throne in Prussia he then appointed Otto von Bismark as the Chancellor Bismark was a man who believed in a strong monarchy and all his life he wanted to see a unified Germany As Chancellor he was determined to unify Germany no matter what He knew the only way it could be done was by war and bloodshed He raised taxes collected them increased the size of the army and bought new weapons In 1864 Christian the ninth claimed Holstein and Schleswig and annexed the Germans Bismark did not approve of the annexation and declared war on Denmark and crushed them Bismark had the strategy of making countries declare war on him so he didnt look like the bad guy By doing this he prevented all of Europe from joining together and fighting Prussia In 1866 Bismark sent troops into Austria to protect his people Austria disapproved of this and declared war on Prussia As a part of Bismarks plan he crushed the Austrians in 7 weeks thus being called The Seven Weeks War With this victory Bismark took Venetia from Austria and gave it to Italy In 1870 the Spanish
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