SCHLESWIG AND HOLSTEIN

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  • Created on: 22-03-14 14:13

INITIAL PROBLEMS:

  • 1863, King Ferderick VII of Denmark passed away leaving no heirs
  • he was also the ruler of Schleswig and Holstein, Holstein being in the German confederation
  • Schleswig had 50/50 Germans and Danish whereas Holstein had all Germans
  • a signing in London of Great Powers in 1852 agreed that Christian of Glucksberg would succeed Frederick
  • but others wanted the Prince of Augustenberg to rule instead
  • when Christian became King of Denmark in 1863, Holstein refused to swear allegiance
  • Augustenberg claimed both states but Christian violated the 1852 Treaty of London by incorporating Schleswig into Denmark without asking

BISMARK'S AIMS:

  • Bismarck saw an opportunity to support Augustenberg and use his support to eventually annex Schleswig and Holstein
  • the German people

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