German Unification

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    Napolean invades German Lands

    This campaign took place in Germany in the Napoleanic Wars. This took place after Napolean's retreat from Russia. When the campaign ended, a new German nationalism had arisen.
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    Congress of Vienna

    The Congress of Vienna was a conference of ambassadors of European states. The objective of the Congress was to settle the many issues arising from the French Revolutionary Wars, the Napoleonic Wars, and the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire. In the end, the borders were set back to before the Napoleanic Wars.
  • Otto Von Bismarck Birth

    Otto Von Bismarck Birth
    He was born in Schönhausen, Germany. His full name was Otto Eduard Leopold.
  • Zollverein

    The Zollverein, or German Customs Union, was a coalition of German states formed to manage tariffs and economic policies within their territories. Organised by the 1833 Zollverein Treaties, the Zollverein formally came into existence on 1 January 1834.
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    Frankfurt Assembly demands unity

    It was the first freely elected parliament in all of Germany. Its existence was part of and the result of the March Revolution in the states of the German Confederation. In the end, the Frankfurt Constitution was proclaimed.
  • Frederick William IV is offered the Throne

    Frederick William IV is offered the Throne
    It was offered to him by the Frankfurt Parliament. He turned it down because he didn't want the throne.
  • Bismarck becomes Prime Minister

    Bismarck becomes Prime Minister
    He was appointed Prime Minister of Prussia. He gave his Blood and Iron speech.
  • Blood and Iron Speech

    Blood and Iron Speech
    A speech given by Otto Von Bismarck. It was about the uniting of Germany and the methods that need to be taken to do so.
  • Bismarck declares war on Denmark

    Bismarck declares war on Denmark
    Prussia and Austria teamed up to challenge Denmark for Schleswig and Holstein. Denmark lost badly and the lands were divided.
  • Bismarck declares war on Austria

    Bismarck declares war on Austria
    The Austro-Prussian War or Seven Weeks' War was a war fought in 1866. It was between the German Confederation under the leadership of the Austrian Empire and its German allies on one side and the Kingdom of Prussia with its German allies and Italy on the other, that resulted in Prussian dominance over the German states.
  • Constitution drafted by Bismarck

    Constitution drafted by Bismarck
    The North German Constitution was the constitution of the North German Confederation, which existed from 1867 to 1871. The Constitution of the German Empire (1871) was closely based upon it.
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    The Franco Prussian War

    The Franco Prussian War or Franco German War is oftenoften referred to in France as the War of 1870. The conflict emerged from tensions regarding the German unification. A war against France was necessary to unite the North German Confederation and the independent southern German states, while France was preoccupied by the emergence of a powerful Prussia. Napoleon III was provoked on a supposed insult in the Ems Dispatch to declare war.
  • Bismarck becomes chancellor

    Bismarck becomes chancellor
    He was appointed chancellor and raised to the state of prince. Even after this, he retained his Prussian offices.
  • The Second Reich is created

    The Second Reich is created
    The Holy Roman Empire had now ended and the Second Reich (German Empire) was formed. Bismarck was appointed the new empire’s first imperial Chancellor.
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    Population growth 1871 - 1914

    Many people started to move to cities. The popuation boomed becuase there was a growth in everything to food to industry.
  • William I of Prussia becomes Emperor

    William I of Prussia becomes Emperor
    Under the leadership of William and his Minister President Otto von Bismarck, Prussia achieved the unification of Germany and the establishment of the German Empire. This was a very big deal.
  • House of Krupp

    House of Krupp
    The Krupp family were the premier German arms manufacturers from the middle of the 19th century until the end of World War II. They produced artillery pieces and submarines that set the standard for effectiveness.
  • Campaign against the church

    Campaign against the church
    Bismarck launched an anti-Catholic Kulturkampf in Prussia. He was afraid what they could influence the people of Germany into.
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    Economic developments

    In 1873, Germany and much of Europe and America entered the Long Depression. A downturn hit the German economy for the first time since industrial development began to surge in the 1850s.
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    Campaign against the Socialists

    The Anti-Socialist Law of 1878 was perhaps the most important repressive law of Bismarck’s chancellorship. Bismarck made several attempts to curtail the growth of German Social Democracy during the 1870s.
  • William II becomes Kaiser

    William II becomes Kaiser
    Wilhelm II or William II was the last German Emperor. He was the eldest grandson of the British Queen Victoria and related to many monarchs and princes of Europe.
  • Bismarck Resigns

    Bismarck Resigns
    After Kaiser Wilhelm II’s accession to the throne in June 1888, conflict between the old chancellor Bismarck and the 29-year-old emperor was almost inevitable. This was one of the reasons he resigned.