Reasons for the growth of German nationalism economic factors

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Reasons for the growth of German nationalism economic factors

  1. 1. International competition The Industrial Revolution left Germany unable to compete with British firms. There were also trade barriers between different German states, including separate currencies.
  2. 2. Better transport German businesses wanted to improve train links within the Confederation, to make trading goods easier. By the 1850s, 3000 miles of train lines had been built, improving the economy.
  3. 3. Impact of Prussia Prussia took action to improve trading links within her territories, including scrapping all internal taxes in 1818. Prussia also introduced charges (tariffs) on goods from outwith Prussia.
  4. 4. Arguments for Support for economic changes came from businessmen across the entire Confederation, uniting different states. Economic growth after train building showed that cooperation worked too.
  5. 5. Arguments for Economic success affected all groups in society. Growth of the German economy led more jobs, meaning more people backed closer links. Industrial changes also inspired political change too.
  6. 6. Arguments against German economy lagged behind UK’s industrial changes, so many workers still saw little benefit by 1850. Some states concerned that economic links would increase Prussian power.

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