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What were the Wars of German Unification?

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On May 10, 1871, the third and final phase of what are known as the German Wars of Unification came to an abrupt end. Paris had fallen in January; and the German states had proclaimed their union under the Prussian Kaiser, taken from the ancient Roman Caesar, thus creating a new nation-state, or Deutsches Reich, the German Empire. The initial peace treaty was called the Preliminary Treaty of Versailles of 1871, and the final peace treaty, the Treaty of Frankfurt, was signed on May 10th and had been crafted by the Prussian Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, arguably the most coldly efficient statesman of his time-his mantra was Blut und Eisen, "blood and iron." The consequences of this treaty have caused historians to argue that it was an extraordinary example of Bismarck miscalculating the opposition and lighting a fuse that would explode a mere 48 years later in the same place it began, the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles, in 1919.

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Individually, do some historical fact finding and compose a one- to two-page summary that includes the following:

- What were the Wars of German Unification, and why were they fought?
- Where do you think Bismarck grossly miscalculated the French in the Treaty of Frankfurt?
- Make the historical link between the treaty drawn up in 1871 and the 1919 Treaty of Versailles and demonstrate why the French were so revengeful.

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Discuss major topics linking certain historical events, the consequences of which have influences our past, present, and future.

Explain how social, religious, military-political, and cultural differences of specific societies as well as individuals have created challenges, conflicts and opportunities all of which have made up, and continued to make up, the course of world history.

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/ /To understand the historical facts, it is necessary to acquire knowledge about the various important facts in the world history. These facts will help you in developing a better understanding of the world history. I am starting with the short description of the Wars of German Unification. So the first section will explain you about the wars as well as the reasons for it.

Wars of German Unification:

"Wars of German Unification" is sometimes referred to as differences with the Austria and Prussia over Schleswig-Holstein but they at times are more commonly called as "Wars of Prussian Consolidation" (Otto von Bismarck & German unification). A resultant "Franco-Prussian" War leads to the German Unification wars; it also includes the arrangement of a federal German Empire (Otto von Bismarck & German unification).

Wars of German Unification has significantly changed and altered the European political scene. The movement towards German unification was slow until the 1850s. The idea was popular among the German nationalists and liberals, but was generally opposed by ...

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