Extent of support for German nationalism 1840s

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Extent of support for German nationalism 1840s

  1. 1. 1848 Increasingly there were demands for change from across all of the states. An economic recession saw many Germans without work and living in poverty.
  2. 2. February 1848 At first protests were peaceful, but involved large groups of people. There were mass meetings and petitions demanding changes too.
  3. 3. February 1848 Across the Bund, violent protests took place demanding social and political change. In Austria, Chancellor Metternich had to leave Vienna for his own safety.
  4. 4. Arguments for Protests took place across all states – showing extent of feeling. Also involved a range of people – from peasants to the middle classes to ethnic minorities too. Limited Austria’s power too.
  5. 5. Arguments against No agreement about what change meant. The middle classes were focused on political reforms and others wanted to see social changes. Ruling classes also still controlled the military.
  6. 6. Arguments against King Frederick William IV of Prussia had mixed opinions on the protests. He was shocked at the number of protesters who were killed – but also opposed their demands.

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