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Reasons for german unification prussian economy

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  • 1. Prussian and German economies During the 1850s, the Prussian and wider German economy grew significantly. Prussia gained more access to natural resources in areas such as the Rhine.

2. Improved railways As part of this economic growth, there was massive increases in rail building. In 1850 there was 5856 km of railways in Prussia, increased to 18,876 km in 1870. 3. Support for peasants During this time, Prussia introduced changes to improve the working conditions of factory peasants. This aimed to reduce support for revolutionary ideas. 4. Argument for influence Due to the Zollverein, the smaller German states economies were tied to Prussia. As Prussias economy grew, so did the others, and this increased their reliance on Prussia. 5. Arguments for influence A stronger economy allowed Prussia to build a bigger and stronger army. Also, the extensive train network was a significant reason for Prussian success in their war against Austria. 6. Bismarcks role Bismarcks role here is minimal; the main strength of the economy was based on the Zollverein, from before Bismarcks time in office. Bismarck was able to use the outcome of a stronger economy to build a stronger army.

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