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  1. Building a German Nation 7.1 Notes

  2. I. First Steps Toward Unity • Early 1800’s- German-speaking people lived in a number of small states and Prussia/Austria • 1806-1812 Napoleon steamrolled German lands and changed boarders/laws

  3. I. First Steps Toward Unity • German Confederation- a weak alliance headed by Austria after Napoleon • Zollverin- economic union created by Prussia it Eliminated tariff barriers

  4. II. Bismarck Unites Germany • Otto von Bismarck- chancellor of Prussia, unites Germany • Realpolitik- realistic politics based on needs of the state • Built up the army • Blood and Iron speech

  5. II. Bismarck Unites Germany cont.

  6. II. Bismarck Unites Germany cont.