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The Formation of the First German Nation-State, 1800-1871 by John Breuilly

The Formation of the First German Nation-State, 1800-1871

Part of the Studies in European History Series


The Formation of the First German Nation-State, 1800-1871 by John Breuilly

Many accounts of German unification focus on war, diplomacy and Bismarck and on the crucial ten years up to 1871. John Breuilly, in addition to paying attention to those issues extends the analysis back to 1800. He also takes into account social, economic and cultural developments, bringing to the reader's attention recent research, much of it in German. In particular, the book argues that one should see unification as just one possible outcome of the German situation, the result of rapid shifts in the relative power of different European states and of underlying changes which made nationality a more vital force in politics.

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Publication date

25th March 1996


John Breuilly

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Palgrave Macmillan


160 pages


European history
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900
Social & cultural history
Economic history



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