Military victories and German unification

A question from Yahoo! Answers:

How far were the military victories resonsiple for bringing about german unification?

They weren’t. German unification was a project that lasted at least two generations, from the post-Napoleonic debates about the future of German states to the eventual proclamation of the German Empire in 1871. German intellectuals have long agreed on the need for unification (Wilhelm von Humboldt founded the University of Berlin in 1810 to be a cultural center of the to-be-unified Germany), but the provincial aristocrats stood in the way until Bismarck duped them into submission by appealing to their bias against France…

If there wasn’t a Franco-Prussian War, another unification avenue would have been found. The movement started by Humboldt gained too much momentum…

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