A History of the Protection of Regional Cultural Minorities by Antony Alcock (auth.)

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Instead Francis became Francis I of Austria. 80 After Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo in 1815 the map of Germany was again redrawn, this time into a Germanic Confederation of thirtynine states, including German Austria and a Prussia enlarged by the addition of Westphalia and part of Saxony. 81 (b) Germany But more than in just rationalising the political situation in Germany was France responsible for the process of German unification. It was true that in the areas under French influence or under French direct administration feudalism and privilege were swept away, careers were opened to men of talent, internal markets were liberated from restrictive tolls, which all helped to expand trade and promote the growth and raise the social status of the middle class.

The nation was the source of all aesthetic, political and ethical creativity; an object of love and devotion; a great family and the individual therefore should submit himself to it, and indeed could only fulfil himself within it and was nothing outside it. 82 Heinrich Luden (1778–1847), Professor of History at Jena, believed in the uniqueness of each nation. 84 Henceforward German nationalists would call for the creation of one fatherland out of all the lands where German was spoken. 85 A dangerous situation had now been reached.

One was the establishment of national education systems. The resulting mass-literacy enabled the core to impose its culture and values through schools and the media. And then, in the second half of the nineteenth century, Before the First World War 37 with colonial expansion and rivalry, and the division of Europe into alliances came the increase in the size of Europe’s armed forces, providing for yet another melting pot. Industrial development needs three things: natural resources such as fuels, minerals, even water; capital, not only finance but land and machinery; and labour, including managers and skilled and unskilled workers.

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