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How important was cultural nationalism in the growth of national feeling in Germany between 1815-150?

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How important was cultural nationalism in the growth of national feeling in Germany between 1815-150? Cultural nationalism was not actually that important. Thinkers, writers, poets and well-educated Germans would write their views of German cultural and what Germany should do regards the 39 states. The only problem with this was most Germans could hardly read or write. These intellectuals Germans could only put their ideas across to each other and not the broad masses. They would think of what was meant by Germany. ...read more.

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The customs union known as the zolverien, it allowed free trade between member states. This greatly encouraged trade and made the economy much stronger. Slowly but surly more and more states joined. Austria however was not allowed to join. This made states look to Prussia as the dominant state of Germany. The German railway, which was built in 1833 also, helped unite Germany. It, along with the zolevirne helped the economy greatly. The Prussian State grew stronger due to the advances in trade and economy. While Austria influence diminished. This led to the other states look to Prussia as the dominant state of Germany. ...read more.

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They realised if they unite they can prevent themselves form being attacked and over run so easily in the future. In 1848 the liberals gathered to answer the question of what was Germany. They decided to draw the boundaries on Austria and bohemia. They gave the vote to all adult males. In success in European history 1815-1941 he states "It seemed that, on paper, a united Germany now exists." This shows that this was an important factor towards the unification of Germany. To conclude their were a few factors that led to the growth of nationalism, but the biggest factor without a doubt had to be the economic factors. As Germany industrialised it brought the country together. By Aaron Leask ...read more.

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