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German Unification DBQ Suggested reading period: 15 minutes Suggested writing time: 45 minutes Directions: The question is based on the accompanying documents. The documents have been edited for the purpose of this exercise. In your response you should do the following: State a relevant, defensible thesis that directly addresses all parts of the question Develop and support a cohesive argument that recognizes and accounts for historical complexity by explicitly illustrating relationships among historical evidence such as contradiction, corroboration, and/or qualification Use all, or all but one, of the documents (6 or 7 documents) Explain the significance of the intended audience, purpose, historical context, and/or point of view for at least 4 documents Situate the argument by explaining the broader historical events, developments, or processes relevant to the question Provide an example or additional piece of specific evidence beyond those found in the documents to support or qualify the argument Extend the argument by explaining the connections between the argument and a development in a different historical period, era, or geographical area, OR a course theme and/or approach to history that is not the focus of the essay Question: Evaluate whether German unification was primarily the result of German nationalism or Prussian expansionism.
Document 1 Source: Editorial from a newspaper in Düsseldorf, a city in the Rhineland controlled by Prussia, 1843 Everything that one wants to use as a tool of Germany’s unification—communal monuments, similar coins, measures, weights, and wagon gauges, even a general customs union—would follow naturally of its own accord from Germany’s political unity. But the natural weakness of the current unification focus resides in the way we have a confederation instead of a federal state. We have, instead of a single Germany, 38 German states, 38 governments, almost as many princely courts, 38 different laws and administrations. What an enormous savings it would be if everything were taken care of by a central government; what a savings in money would result if Germany maintained a single army!

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