The Wars of German Unification

TitleThe Wars of German Unification
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsShowalter, Dennis E.
Number of Pages411
CityNew York

Three wars fundamentally altered the balance of power in 19th century Europe: the Schleswig-Holstein conflict of 1864; the Six Weeks War of 1866; and the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71. They marked the establishment of Prussian hegemony in central Europe, the creation of the Bismarckian Reich in 1871, and, as by-products, the reduction of Habsburg influence and the collapse of Napoleon III's Second Empire. Showalter gives a full account of the international context as well as of the wars themselves and their consequences.

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