A New Start For Germany

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As the Thirty Years War and the Reformation were both coming to an end, Germany needed a new start. Over this long dreadful period of time for Germany there was a demand for change. In 1794 Germany consisted of more than 360 states and the majority of these states were very poor and were not run to they’re full potential. Between 1794 and 1815 the number of states went down from 360 states to thirty-nine states. Even though there was a major drop in the amount of states in Germany, they were still very divided and at an economic disadvantage. This social and political division made Germany one of the most vulnerable and unindustrialized nations in Europe at the time. After Napoleon was defeated a new European system was established called the Congress of Vienna. This Congress was based on the earlier system of the balance of power. The Congress of Vienna lowered the number of different nationalities in Germany to mostly Germans and Italians. In 1825, industrialization was beginning to set foot in some of the German states. From 1825 onward industrialization spread throughout the states of Germany; however, many of the German states remained very poor. After twenty-five years of slow industrialization, Germany experienced a prolonged “boom” from 1850 to 1873. During this time period, living standards rose in big cities and in industrialized areas. There was a very large difference in these regions and agricultural regions away from cities and industrialized factories. The agricultural areas were not as developed as the new and improved cities and therefore were not affected as much from the boom. Very few of these unindustrialized regions were still very poor and agriculture prone up to 1870. On the other hand, new school and edu... ... middle of paper ... ...n Bismarck intended to extend the Hohenzollern power and ideas all throughout the German states. Germany’s Unification was really pushed forwards by three different events. First of all, the second war of Schleswig in 1864 was caused by the war bound aspirations of Denmark’s Christian IX. Secondly, Italian nationalists near the Austrian border forced the Austrian military to set troops and use resources on two different battlefronts as the Austro-Prussian war waged on in 1866. The last major war to move the unification onwards was the Franco-Prussian war in 1870. The French declared this war on Prussia in conclusion to the fear of the encirclement of Hohenzollern. As Prussia became the most dominate and well configured state in Germany, they demonstrated that Austria could no longer hold up the power that they had in this newly Prussian-dominate region of Europe.
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