Presentation on theme: "From individual states of Germany to the nation state in 1871."— Presentation transcript:
From individual states of Germany to the nation state in 1871
1864 German war against Denmark Denmark had to cede Schleswig and Holstein to Germany That’ s why Denmark withdrew from the German Confederation
1866 War of Prussia against Austria, Hannover, Sachsen, and the German Southerns The Austrian had a fatal defeat at Königgrätz
1870/71 In the German-French war the German Southerns fought at the side of Prussia and after defeat, France had to cede Elsass and Lothringen to the German Confederation
King Wilhelm I. of Prussia was proclaimed to the German Emperor in the hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles
18th January 1871 The new German Empire was founded. A loose confederation out of 25 states was transformed into one big national state. But all of them had their own culture, so it was important to form a national culture.
After the Unification of 1871 Germany‘s economy grew and grew. An enormous process of industialisation started. A lot of important inventions were made by German Scientists like Robert Koch. The living conditions got better and better. Electrcity and water came into houses.
Problems: Although Germany‘s economy was really progressive, old fashioned traditions and attitudes dominated the higher society. Germany got stronger and stronger and demanded more room for the new nation. The Kaiser wanted colonies like France, Britain or Spain. Kaiser Wilhelm and Bismarck