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Prior to 1870, there was no Germany as such, just a loose confederation of many smaller states. With the Franco-Prussian war, Bismarck was able to unify these states. My original question was this: why didn't Germany simply dissolve itself back into the smaller states to avoid the obligations of the Treaty of Versailles?1870?
You are, in fact that solidarity is what made Germany form all the different states that enter the Franco-Prussian war of 1870.Vaterland wrote:Perhaps it was that post WW1, the German people felt solidarity with other Germans becasue of the harsh conditions impossed on them by the Treaty of Versailles, regardless of wheather they were Bavarian, Prussian, Saxon, etc.... They were all paying dearly for WW1, so why not pay dearly together.
I really hope I am making somesort of sense here.
good point there, I would say. The other time that I would say Germany had a similar unity was during the Franco - Prussian war, and before that, with the first instilling of this spirit, the Napolenic wars in 1813. Just my 2 cents...Pirx wrote:I have read book "Talks with headsman" - it's long interviev with Joseph "Jurgen" Stroop (1895-1952)- SS officer. He was born in Detmold, and in his opinion before 1914 German Empire was a couple princedoms, kingdoms, freistadts etc. Only army, money and emperor were symbols of united country. "Before 1914" he wrote "each of us was first Bavarian, Prussian or Schwab, and in second row German". In his opinion I World War was the factor that they all felt Germans, as one nation.