How did the decline of Austria help to unite the German states?

  • When Italy united in 1861, it set a precident for German unification and set in motion Austria's isolation from the other Great Powers. 
  • Austria was economically stagnated which led to a decline of Austrian military power. This was during a time when Prussia's economy was prosperous. This became obvious in 1866 when Prussia defeated Austria in war. The defeat meant that Prussia…


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