Reasons for the growth of German nationalism military

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Reasons for the growth of German nationalism military

  1. 1. The Confederation German princes stoked nationalism to encourage the fight against Napoleon. These feelings did not disappear. Many Germans were wary of future aggression by France or Russia and wanted protected.
  2. 2. Events of 1840 In 1840, France threatened to extend its border to the Rhine, taking German territory. There was fury across Germany at this and a military force was organised by Prussia to see off this threat.
  3. 3. Federal Army Eventually a Federal Army (made up of forces from various states) was set up to protect the Confederation. Like the Zollverein, this brought together the organisation of different states.
  4. 4. Arguments for Prussia’s defence of the Rhine in 1840 united poor and wealthy Germans, highlighting the strength of joint working. Patriotic songs were written about the Rhine’s defence (including the current German anthem)
  5. 5. Arguments against It took six years to agree to set up a Federal Army. Even then, the army was unworkable as individual states would not give up power over their forces.

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