Nationalism Essay : The Unification Of Germany In 1871

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The Unification of Germany in 1871, had shaped the country into a politically and a managerially integrated nation state. It is highly regarded as a direct result from a Prussian statesman named Otto von Bismarck and his radical strategies. Bismarck used his skill as an excellent orator, his great ability to read and influence others, as well as his capability to plan while being able to adapt to situations simultaneously as they arose, is what assisted him come into supremacy and ultimately unify the German states, excluding Austria. On the 18th of January, 1971, Bismarck proclaimed the German empire in the Hall of Mirrors in the Place of Versailles. The unification of all countries involved three wars, however, it was not by a desire for nationalism rather a struggle to establish the Prussian dominance within the German states.

One of the key factors which led to the Union was nationalism. Nationalism is the idea that certain things such as race, culture, religion, language or territory set them apart from those around them, and they could identify their interests with a group it surely had a part to play in the unification of Germany in 1871; it was, however, a rather different breed of nationalism to what is seen in 1815, the 1830s and 1848, as it was frequently operated by powerful diplomats (especially Otto von Bismarck) to their own ends. The events of the 1850s, 1860s and 1870s, particularly the Schleswig-Holstein crisis and the Franco-Prussian War, had served to

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