Germany 's Tug Of War For Unification

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Germany’s Tug of War for Unification In the relatively short one hundred and thirty three years that Germany has been a nation, its borders have grown, shrunk, and changed hands many times. While currently it is a rather stable nation that most likely finally has established itself for the foreseeable future, it looks nothing like it did those 133 years ago. Even less than twenty five years ago it was a totally different nation than it is today. Germany’s volatile borders of the past combined with its origins as a bunch of independent states being brought together under one flag has made it hard for Germany to truly be a unified nation. For being such a young nation it has been at the center of most of the world’s historical highlights,…show more content…
This was the first time Germany was a centralized nation. There was the German Confederation which came about in 1815, to replace the Holy Roman Empire, or the First Reich. The German Confederation was comprised of 41 German states; this was not a government, however, more an agreement not to fight each other, and a promise to defend each other in the case of war. The states were still ruled by monarchies and there was no sort of currency or government body. In 1848 there was an attempt to unify the German states into a single nation. It was brought about by a revolution, which caused elections to be held, and a constitution to be drafted. This movement basically crashed and burned, however. There was debate because Austria-Hungary was part of the confederation but the National Assembly which was convened felt Austria-Hungary was too large and only really wanted the German speaking half in the nation. They didn’t have the power to break up the state so leadership of the state would have fallen on the Prussian Emperor. He did not like the idea of having to act on behalf of the will of the people and rejected being emperor. This was basically the final nail in the coffin for that and the rebellion was then squashed. In 1866 following a war with Austria, the German confederation was replaced by the North German Confederation which was led by the Prussians and was cut down to 17 states. When the Second Reich was established, Bismarck remained
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