10-18-07 German Unification

10-18-07 German Unification - German Unification, 1862-1871...

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German Unification, 1862-1871 1. Factors that make it hard to unify 1. Geographic 1. Large set of sovereign states in central Europe 2. Easily dominated by the major European powers 3. Has no permanent boundaries/barriers 1. No mountain ranges or oceans 2. It is a large plain land divided up by 4 major rivers 3. Since every boundary is “made up,” they are all temporary 4. Holy Roman Empire 1. Lasts for approx. 1000 years 2. Made up of all the German states 1. Hard to contain and rule because there are so many different people 2. Contains peoples of all heritages 3. Too small – some Germans do not live within the Empire 4. French eventually break off and create their own nation – Germans do not 2. Economic 1. Port cities on the Baltic Sea and the North Sea are very prominent for European trading 2. European economy shifts out of central Europe and into Eastern seaports 3. Religious 1. Protestant reformation splits Germany into two 1. North = Protestant 2. South = Catholic 2. 300+ German states 1. Some were principalities ruled by a prince, some were free cities ruled by the people
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2. Nothing bound the people together – common heritage, common religion 4. Delay in political development
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This note was uploaded on 07/06/2009 for the course HIST 1020 taught by Professor Vavara during the Fall '07 term at Colorado.

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10-18-07 German Unification - German Unification, 1862-1871...

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