German Unification

  • Johann Gustav Droysen: Speech to the Frankfurt Assembly

    The "German question" is an alternatice beteeen Prussia and Austria. It affects life in Germany positivly and negatiivly. Prussia's monarchy is now "wholly German" and is much more powerful and assertive than Austria's.
  • Friedrich Wilhelm IV, King of Prussia: Proclamation of 1849

    Friedrich Wilhelm IV, the King of Prussia could mnot return to the German National Assembly, because they do not have the consent of the German government to be meeting.
  • Otto von Bismarck: Letter to Minister von Manteuffel

    Otto von Bismarck says that Germany is too small for both Prussia and Austria. he feels that for now they will both live on the land but in the near future they will have to fight in order to keep their existence.
  • The most important one

    The most decisive event that lead to the German unification would have to be the war of 1866. The two juggernauts controlling Germany both battling in a war that was a long time coming. Proving who the dominaint power was and fighting to keep their existence. That's why I believe the war of 1866 was the most important.
  • Field Marshal Helmuth von Moltke

    The war of 1866 was no accident. it wa a long foreseen war. It was necessary for Prussia to expand their domain. Now that Austria was occupying the Alps, Prussia seized the western provinces. Prussia now was strong enought to take soul control of Germany.
  • Otto von Bismarck

    With Austria wounded they didn't want to hurt them too bad, leaving them with the need for revenge. Although the idea of becoming friends again and regard Austria as a piece in the "European Chessboard". If Austria wanted revenge they'd become allies with all of Prussia's enemies and that is not good.
  • The Imperial Proclamation

    As called upon, Wilhelm will help take control ofPrussiand help protect the country and the citizens that belong to it. He accepts all duties that come with the throne to the empire.