Building a German Nation

Events

Congress of Vienna

1815

Diplomats and heads of state that restored order and stability to Europe after Napoleon's downfall.

Zollverein

1830

Economic Union that dismantled tariff barriers between German states.

Bismarck named chancellor

1862

King William I named Bismarck chancellor or prime minister. Bismarck would go on to unite the German states under Prussian rule.

Danish War

1864

Prussia united with Austria to fight Denmark

Austro-Prussian War

1866

Prussia defeated Austria.

North German Confederation

1867

Bismarck eliminated the Austria led German Confederation and then established a new confederation.

Franco-Prussian War

1870 - 1871

Second French Empire collapsed and was replaced by French Third Republic and Italians took Rome and made it their capital.

Ems Dispatch

1870

Bismarck changes a telegram to Napoleon III to make it seem like he was insulting him.

Second Reich

January 1871

The rule of Bismarck after the defeat of France in the Franco-Prussian war.

Bismarck resigns

1890

Resigned after Kaiser William II took power.