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The Long Road to German Unification

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Monday, November 7, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET
Code: 1H0738
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The proclamation of the German Empire 1871 by Anton von Werner

The narrative of how German states evolved into a powerful nation is a tale of intrigue, wars, class struggles, and economic turbulence. The post-Cold War reunification of Germany in 1990 seemed such a natural consequence, says historian Ralph Nurnberger, that it is easy to forget that modern Germany did not exist until the unification of 1871 when Wilhelm I became the leader of the German Empire following the Franco-Prussian War.

Until then the more than 100 German states existed as a loose confederation that shared limited economic and political cooperation, with the two dominant states, Prussia and Austria, competing for leadership. By the mid-1800s, Prussia had become the more powerful and its prime minister Otto von Bismarck, using diplomacy and a series of wars, brought together the German states under its leadership. Nurnberger provides an overview of the events and the fascinating characters that helped unite Germany and propel it into a position of power within Central Europe.

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