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The borders of Deutsches Reich didn't change between 1871 and 1914.
Terry Duncan wrote:The borders of Deutsches Reich didn't change between 1871 and 1914.
Yes that is correct.
Perhaps the poster was thinking of all the lands Germany wanted to annex after her long desired war was started?
One of the single most important factors to many in Germany was the Russian Great Program, enacted shortly before the war it placed Germany in a position where she would be outnumbered by the Russian standing army alone by 1917 and could not hope to fight a successful war. It did not have any direct impact on the politicians in the July Crisis as such, but it was very much a concern of the military men. This is yet another reason Moltke felt war was better now than later, as in 1914 he thought Germany still retained some hope of winning.
Terry Duncan wrote:No, but it is easy to confuse.
Prussia, via a few wars and such, owned many seperate pieces of land across Germany, as Brandenburg-Prussia etc. When Germany unified it was as a confederation of states, under Prussian leadership, but the states retained their own armies even into WWI - Saxon, Bavarian and Wurttemberg as well as Prussia.
The Wikipedia article is quite good, and has some reasonable maps showing the evolution of the German state.
TalkingZero wrote:This might get confusing....>_<
I think i heard in the 1700s that Austria made a woman queen, so prussia demanded land from Austria. So Prussia had controll over Spain and France was it's ally, however britain was the onlly country to directly support Austria. But throughout the war, Enlgand kinda made it obvious it was only fighting for an excuse to have a battle with France, and didn't really care about Austria. But then Hungary came and saved the day, and created the Austria Hungary empire.
Hence Prussia had to fight the Habsburgs again during 1866 to permanently expel them from meddling in places like the North German states of Schleswig and Holstein.
I think it's because they thought they could beat Germany and take it's land, however they couldn't do that with England.
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