Obstacles to german unification economic differences

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Obstacles to german unification economic differences

  1. 1. Natural resources Prussia’s control of the Rhineland and its natural resources helped grow its economy. Austria had limited access to natural resources (coal, iron) and so was not as economically successful as Prussia.
  2. 2. The Zollverein Prussia also controlled the Zollverein, giving it huge influence on most states in the German Confederation. Austria however was excluded from membership of the Zollverein, a decision which angered them.
  3. 3. Main obstacle? Yes Economic issues further increased arguments between Prussia and Austria, limiting the chances of unification. Other states worried about Prussia’s power and its likely domination of a united Germany.
  4. 4. Main obstacle? No Economic differences were part of the wider divide between Austria and Prussia, such as religion, military, etc. Prussia’s Zollverein also meant small states often had to follow their wishes.

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