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US IB World History: German Unification


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The German Empire of 1871-1918

Political map of central Europe showing the 26 areas that became part of the united German Empire in 1891. Germany based in the northeast, dominates in size, occupying about 40% of the new empire.

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German Unification on JSTOR

Ramage, B. J. “Prince Bismarck and German Unity.” The Sewanee Review, vol. 7, no. 4, 1899, pp. 444–468. JSTOR,

Schulze, Hagen. “German Unification in the Context of European History.” German Studies Review, vol. 15, 1992, pp. 7–20. JSTOR,

Sloane, William M. “Bismarck as a Maker of Empire.” Political Science Quarterly, vol. 15, no. 4, 1900, pp. 647–666. JSTOR,

Showalter, Dennis E. “The Political Soldiers of Bismarck's Germany: Myths and Realities.” German Studies Review, vol. 17, no. 1, 1994, pp. 59–77. JSTOR,

Craig, Gordon A. “The Jayne Lecture. German Unification in Historical Perspective.” Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, vol. 135, no. 1, 1991, pp. 49–60. JSTOR,

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