The Unification of Germany

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  • Nopoleon Takes over and changes German States

    Nopoleon Takes over and changes German States
    Napolen takes over the Holy Roman Empire. He dissolves it by denouncing the leader to just "King". Organized a number of German States into the Rhine Confederation.
  • Congress of Vienna organizes German States.

    Congress of Vienna organizes German States.
    Matternich points out that uniting Germany would require dimsntling government of each German State. Created The German Conferderation, Which was a weak alliance of German states headed by Austria.
  • Blood and Iron speech

    Blood and Iron speech
    On September 30th, 1862, Bismarck made a speech to the budget committee of the prussian chamber of deputies. In this speech Bismarck emphasized on using "iron and blood" to achieve their goals. The "iron and blood" he was reffering to is a metaphor for Military power.
  • War against Denmark

    War against Denmark
    When Frederick vII, king of denmark, died, Bismarck was faced with a diplomatic crisis. With the help of Austria, Bismarck issued an ultimatum for Christian IX to return Schleswig to its former status.When Denmark refused, Prussia and Austria invaded Denmark. When Prussia defeated denmark, Bismarck ordered that Prussia would have control over the army and navy of Denmark.
  • war against Austria

    war against Austria
    Because Bismarck claimed that Austtia had violated the rights of the Convention of Gastein,m, the war between Austria and Prussia began. Bismarck had made a secret alliance with Italy, because of this Italy's entry into the war forced the Austrians to divide their armed forces. After Austria lost the war, Bismarck was able to convince smaller states in Austria to join Prussia after promising each state protection from foreign invasion.
  • Otto Von Bismarck becomes German Chancellor

    Otto Von Bismarck becomes German Chancellor
    Otto Von Bismarck Became the first Chancellor of Germany under King William the second of Prussia. He uses his Policy of "Blood and Iron' in which Bismarck uses his strong and powerful Prussian army to defeat France and unite the southern German states with Prussia.
  • Franco Prussian war

    Franco Prussian war
    After Prussias victory over Austria, french emperor, Napoleon III, feared that a powerfull European country like Germany, could change the balance of power in Europe. After many months of tension, The war between France and germany started. This war was called the franco - Prussian war. This war ended up being a great success for Prussia. France finally lost the war, and had to required to pay an indemnity. This War was a big boost of power for Prussia.
  • Anti catholic law movement

    Anti catholic law movement
    Bismark creates an anti catholic movement in prussia in 1871. this was a big deal because at the time, Prussia's population was about one third catholic. Bismarck believed that the Catholic Church held too much political power, because of this, he abolished the Catholic Department of the Prussian Ministry of Culture. More anti-Roman Catholic laws were created in 1873. at around this time Pius IX died.He was replaced by Pope Leo XIII, who negotiated away most of the anti-Catholic laws away.
  • Socialism

    Socialism
    due to Bismarck being worried about the growth of the socialist movement, he instituted Anti-Socialist Laws. Because of these laws, socialist organizations and meetings were forbidden, and socialist leaders were arrested and tried by police courts.
  • Bismarcks social legislation

    Bismarcks social legislation
    Bismarck created the world's first welfare state in the 1880s. He worked very closely with big industry and aimed to stimulate German economic growth by giving workers greater security and better wages. Bismarck's goal was to create laws that founded safe working conditions, limitation of work hours, and the regulation of women's and child labor. Based on Bismarck's message, the Reichstag filed three bills designed to deal with the concept of Bismarck's goal.
  • Triple alliance

    Triple alliance
    Bismarck negotiated the Dual Alliance with Austria and Hungary. This was an alliance in which each country guaranteed the other protection against Russian attack. This became known as the triple alliance.
  • Bismarcks death and legacy

    Bismarcks death and legacy
    Otto Von Bismarck died on July 30th, 1898.Bismarck's most important legacy is the unification of Germany.