Unification of Germany

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WHY WAS UNIFICATION SO UNLIKELY IN 1815?

Independance of the individual German states

  • No single German State
  • 39 individual states varying in size across Germany
  • all united loosely under the Emperor
  • Ruled by different leaders who all wanted different things

The Diet

  • Attended by representatives chosen by individual Princes
  • laws passed unanimously
  • Austrian ambassador as President
  • Lacked an army/civil service
  • limited freedom of press, association and protest
  • Representatives more interested in safe guarding their own states than working for a confederation

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