How did German Federalism Shape Unification?

  • Abigail Green
Part of the New Perspectives in German Studies book series (NPG)

Abstract

The answer to this question depends in part on how we conceive of German unification itself. If by ‘unification’ we mean the political and military events that led to the creation of the German Empire in 1871, then the question can be answered in fairly straightforward military, diplomatic and constitutional terms. The legacy of pre-unification German federalism, in the shape of the German Confederation and its thirty-five sovereign states, is easily identified in the federal constitution of the new German Empire, which granted extensive powers to member states and initially restricted the role of the new nation-state to military, diplomatic and economic policy.

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