German Order and Revolution

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Before the revolutions of 1848, a separation of ideas caused political, social, and economic problems throughout Germany. Additionally, large differences in the eighteenth century led the Germans to become divided between over three hundred states, all of which were included in the Holy Roman Empire. During the Napoleonic Era there was a small period of time in which German unification under one government seemed conceivable, but the defeat of Napoleon left Germany with thirty-eight states poorly connected with the Germanic Confederation. The time leading up to the revolutions of 1848 witnessed a change in which the radical views of the lower classes for the different parts of Germany became more popular amongst the upper classes, causing the majority to become for unification of the states. As for the views on social concern, many people believed that a unified Germany was needed with a cohesive culture and language, while others only wished to destroy this cause. At the same time, financial concerns were in agreement that the economic state was terrible because of peasant unrest due to high bread prices as well as a worsening market of commerce because of Germany’s divided country. Worries about the political problems and the creation of a unified Germany under a single constitutional monarchy were popular amongst the lower and middle classes, but only some political officials saw the importance of unity and how it could strengthen the fatherland. Ultimately, the Holy Roman Empire before 1848 was in complete disarray and while there was a glimpse of possible unification, the lower or working classes did not have the power to induce the change needed in Germany. Therefore, there were many concerns based around social conflicts a... ... middle of paper ... ...e and the usage of words as well as other voicing through violence. Politically, the creation of a unified Germany under one constitutional government or possibly a republican government created mixed views because the lower, middle, or working classes favored this idea as well as some government officials, while Klemens von Metternich sought only to destroy this cause. As time progressed up to 1848 and radical opinions of the lower classes became more favorable amongst the upper class, the views and concerns of the different aspects of the German states became increasingly pro unification. Ultimately, the idea of unification in Germany that amplified between the end of the French Revolution and the revolutions of 1848 would be similar to the processes that occurred in various other European countries in the later nineteenth as well as the early twentieth centuries.
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