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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
July 25, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Lecture 10



 WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY
 Department of History

 HI 210: GERMAN HISTORY, 1648-1871


Otto von Bismarck and the Road to German Unification, 1860-1866

1.  Bismarck: Prussia, Liberalism, and the National Question
    - Bismarck’s historical significance
    - Liberal resurgence and the Prussian constitutional crisis
    - The constitutional deadlock and the means to get around it: enter Bismarck

2.  Bismarckian Politics and Conservative Ideology
    - Prussian Junker, patriot and the King’s man
    - Practitioner of Realpolitik
    - Bismarck’s solution to the “German Question”

3.  Bismarck’s Prussian made unification (re: “revolution from above”)
     - Schleswig-Holstein and the Prussian-Danish War, 1864
     - Austro-Prussian War and the exclusion of Austria, 1866
     - The “Liberal Compromise of 1866"
     - The North German Confederation,1867
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- Junker (Junkerdom)
- Realpolitik      
- Wars of Unification (1864/1866/1870-71)  

- The Prussian Army Reform Bill, 1860
- Albrecht von Roon
- Indemnity Bill (re: liberal compromise), 1866
- Progressive Party (Liberals), 1861
- National Liberal Party, 1867

- The Prussian three-class franchise (1850-1918): tax group I:4.7%; II:12.6%; III:82.7%
- German Customs Union (Zollverein)
- National Association
- German Reform Association
- Olmütz Agreement, 1850

- Wars of Unification, also known as the German Wars (1864/1866/1870-71)
- General von Moltke                                          
- Königgrätz (Sadowa), 1866