In 1866 the austrians declare the war against prussia

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In 1866 the Austrians declare the war against Prussia and Bismarck has the exact war he wants o Austria has no allies o Prussia is going to win this war It took 6 weeks for them to win o North German Confederation Another name for Prussia King is Whilem and Prime minister and Bismarck o Austria is left out and 3 medium size catholic countries in the south are left out Bavaria Baden Wirttenburg o In 1866 there are 5 german states North German Confederation Austria Bavaria Baden Wurttemberg o Has only been prime minister for 4 years and look at what Bismarck has accomplished o As Prussia was defeating Austria in this 6 week war o Prussian Parliament decided to give Bismarck everything he wanted in the indemnity bill passed in July of 1866 as Prussia is defeating Austria It said yes Bismarck you broke the law over and over again, collected taxes and spent money without authorization but its all forgiven because you won the wars No matter what you might have done it is all forgiven Doing this was extremely dangerous Doesn’t matter what you do as long as you win o Bismarck was aware he could only add the last 3 if he fought one more war o France was doing nothing during this time because Napoleon III was suffering from Kidney and Bladder stones
Bismarck knew of Napoleon’s affliction so he felt he could get away with he Russia wouldn’t come to Austria’s aid France couldn’t come o If he wanted to add the last 3 he knew that the French would fight no matter what o That war happens in 1870-1871 (Franco-Prussian War) o In 1868 the Spanish overthrew their queen and they were looking for a new royal family Looking for a catholic family to rule Spain Thought they could find this family in the dispossessed rulers of Italy but no one in Italy wanted to rule Spain They switched their search to the southern part of Germany Wanted Leopold Von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen Cousin of ruling family in Prussia Wilhelm didn’t think this was a good idea because his cousin wasn’t smart Leopold was the family idiot (Lolo the dodo) Wilhelm was afraid if Leopold was king of Spain he would embarrass the family But it was worth it to have the family surrounding France Announcement was made in July 1870 because the French felt surrounded At this point Napoleon III orders his ambassador to the north German confederation to meet with Wilhelm and erge him to withdraw his permission for Leopold to become king of Spain Wilhelm was taking the waters at a mineral water spa in Prussia called ems French ambassador goes to ems and the meeting goes well King Wilhelm says he is going to withdraw his permission Huge victory for the French But then Napoleon orders his ambassador, Benedetti, asking him to promise that no members of his family take the throne in Spain Meeting takes place but Wilhelm says no They both give reports and both descriptions are fair

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