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November 28, 2014
 
 
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Lecture 11



 WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY
 Department of History

 HI 210: GERMAN HISTORY, 1648-1871


The Bismarckian Kaiserreich: Creation and its Place in Europe, 1866-1871

1.   The Founding of the German Empire (the Second Reich)
     - 1866 in context: end of Dualism, North German Confederation, and the European Powers
     - Napoleon III (Bonaparte) and the Franco-Prussian War, 1870-71
     - Versailles 1871and the new Kaiserreich

2.  Concluding Observations of Bismarck’s Imperial Creation: Divisions and Consolidation
     - The new reality and Bismarck’s status quo politics in foreign and domestic affairs
     - How unified was the Second Reich?
     - Consolidation and acceptance of the Reich
    


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

- “Settlement of 1871"                                       
- Reichstag (Parliament)                                     
- Bundesrat (upper house)                                  

- Progressive party (Liberals)
- National Liberal Party, 1867
- Centre Party, 1870
- German Conservative Party, 1876
- Free Conservative Party
- German Social Democratic Party SPD1875
                                                                               
- May Laws (re:Kulturkampf)                                                                        
- Anti-Socialist Law, 1878
-Theodor Fontane (Effi Priest, The Stechlin), 1819-98