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AuthorStehlin, Stewart A. author
TitleBismarck and the Guelph Problem 1866-1890 [electronic resource] : A Study in Particularist Opposition to National Unity / by Stewart A. Stehlin
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1973
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Descript VI, 253 p. online resource


Many historians have concerned themselves with the founding of the German Empire in 1871 and the means used to unite the disparate sections of Germany, many of which had older traditions than did Bismarck's Prussia. Understandably writers have given more attention to the victor than to the vanquished. Except for polemicists who seek to prove the wrong done or to vindicate the action taken, scholars have been interested in writing about trends which were to become significant in the new Reich, about the new governmental structure itself, and about the diplomacy and statesmanship which were used to form the new German nation-state. But the consolidation of many diverging strands of political, economic, and social traditions in the new state left many issues unsolved and in fact seemed to create new ones. Many of these problems, while not overtly affecting the basic outline of German history, have nonetheless influenced it and have become at times serious matters of concern for the Reich Chancellor. One of the problems was the threat of particularist sentiment to the national unity which Bismarck was trying to create. Although there was an awareness among some nineteenth century Gerยญ mans of a specific German nationality, the majority of people did not think in terms of a German unity but regarded themselves as Bavarians, Saxons, or belonging to some other Stamm, or tribal subdivision of the Germans


I. The Kingdom of Hanover and the Guelphs -- II. 1866 -- III. Prussian Negotiations with King George 1866-1871 -- IV. Guelph Subversive Activities -- V. Guelph Parliamentary Activities -- VI. Bismarck and the Guelph Dynasty 1871-1890 -- VII. Bismarck and the New Province -- VIII. Bismarck and the Secret Uses of the Guelph Fund -- Conclusions -- Map 1 โ{128}{148} Historical Development of the Kingdom of Hanover -- Map 2 โ{128}{148} Electoral Districts in the Province of Hanover 1867-1918 -- Map 3 โ{128}{148} Administrative Divisions in the Province of Hanover 1867-1884 -- Map 4 โ{128}{148} Administrative Divisions in the Province of Hanover 1884-1890

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