Making the Modern Nation-State Unit 2012-2013 - Lesson 5 6 - Germany

German revolution 1848 word of frances revolutionary

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Unformatted text preview: •  For example in October 1817 students burned books on a great bonfire to protest their discontent. •  In response, Metternich imposed the Karlsbad Decrees on Germany. German Revolution 1848 •  Word of France’s revolutionary activity in 1848 spread quickly throughout Europe and soon at public assemblies throughout Germany, liberals were demanding unification. •  As in Paris, German citizens began building barricades in Berlin in the German state of Prussia. German Revolution 1848 •  In response, the Prussian King, Frederick William IV decided to make concessions rather than unleash further violence and bloodshed. –  He ordered the army out of Berlin and promised the Prussian people their liberal demands of a parliament, a constitution, and a united Germany. •  Upon learning of this development, the rulers of other German states agreed to establish constitutional governments and guarantee basic civil rights.  The Frankfurt Parliament  •  The Frankfurt Parliament opened its first session with more than 500 delegates from the various German states and Austria. •  The Parliament was largely made up of middle class members. •  The goal of the Parliament was to create a constitution for a united German empire. The Frankfurt Parliament empire? Parliament over several significant issues: –  What form of government would be best for the new –  Who would make up the new empire? •    All German-speakers in centralnew empire? – Who would make up the Europe? •  All German-speakers in central Europe? •  All Germans in central Europe except Austrians? •  All of the infighting prevented the Parliament from reaching any sort of consensus and the Parliament was largely ineffective.  parliamentary parliamentary democracy but kept real power in the the hands of the king and the upper classes. The Emergence of Otto von Bismarck •  At the start of the 1860s a new ruler, William I came to power.  •  In 1862 he appointed Otto von Bismarck as Prime...
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This note was uploaded on 08/14/2013 for the course HISTORY Modern Wor taught by Professor Crystalbartels during the Fall '12 term at Wellesley Sr High.

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