Unifying Germany

  • Formation of Rhine Confederation

    16 states in Germany signed the Treaty of the Rhine.
  • Frankfurt Assembly

    Liberals meet in the Frankfurt Assembly, demadnding German political unity.
  • King William I made Bismarck chancellor.

    Within a decade, he united the German states under Prussian rule.
  • Bismarck delivered the "Blood and Iron" speech.

    Set the tone for his policies for years to come.
  • Battle of Sadowa

    Example of Battlefield concentration.
  • Start of the Franco-Prussian war.

    Rivalry between 2 nations.
  • Battle of Sedan.

    Fought during the Franco-Prussian war. Capture of Emperor Napoleon III.
  • Birth of the 2nd Reich.

    German nationalists celebrated the birth of the new empire.
  • Kulturkampf was enacted.

    To make Catholics put loyalty to the state above allegiance to the church.
  • German princes meet in the Hall of Mirrors.

    German princes gathered in the Hall of Mirrors at the palace of Versailles after defeating Napoleon III in the Franco-Prussian war.
  • Wilhelm Friefrich Ludwig becomes emperor.

    First German Emperor.
  • End of the Franco-Prussian war.

    Decisive German victory!
  • Bismarck abolishes Catholic section.

    A Prussian Ministry of ecclesiastical and educational affairs, depriving Catholics of their boice at the highest level.
  • Attempted Assassination.

    Eduard Kullmann attempted to assassinate Bismarck.
  • Dual Alliance.

    Created to prevent war.