A major part of the history of Europe occurred during and after Napoleon s rule. Napoleon unified Europe, a feeling of nationalism came about that would lead to the creation of new countries. Before the 1800 s there was no Italy or Germany. There were many similarities in the unification of both Germany and Italy. They both had hardships and steps to becoming unified. The way they were unified though is contrasted.
When Italy and Germany underwent unification, they shared many similar traits to how they achieved this. The coming about of these unification s were undoubtedly started by Napolean s nationalism. The people of certain areas felt compelled to come together. Italy and Germany both had steps they had to take before they became unified. They both fought wars to become unified by gaining land they though belonged to their empire. In fact Prussia, where Germany came from, allies with the allied territories in Italy to fight Austria for land. They both had very strong leaders to lead these groups of people. Italy had a few in particular, Emmanuel, Mazzini, Cavour, and Garabaldit. These men all came together in the end and joined forces which became most of Italy. Germany only had one major ruler, the ruler of Prussia, Bismarck. Prussia was a good economically safe state with strong leadership and a good army. The leader of Prussia would become the leader of Germany. Both provinces also faced hardships, and had to fight for what they believed in. They both also stole land from the Austrian empire, and were not on friendly terms with Austrians.
Both Italy and Germany became unified in the mid to late 1800s after years of unrest that started with the 1815 Congress of Vienna, where both of these countries were split up into many states. One can compare and contrast these unification processes because they had many similarities and differences. In order to properly assess these situations one needs to look at the individual factors that led ...
Although the unification of Italy and Germany were very similar, there were also many differences in their unification. Italy began to become unified because of groups like the Young Italians who wanted a unified Italy. They also had many leaders gain land of Italy, unify those lands and then in the end hand the lands over to the controller of Italy, Emmanuel. Also Italy gained Rome, when France stopped defending it for the pope, but Italy took over the city and became totally unified. Germany on the other hand was planned to be unified at the end of the Vienna council. Germany was a mix of 39 separate states. Prussia wanted to become unified with these states. Instead of Prussia going to war with each individual state, and possibly have allies come in they decided another way to get the remaing states they needed. The states weren t sure the wanted to be dominated by Prussia. Prussia tricked these states into going to war with France and then joined into the war and defeated France, taking some land and getting all of the 39 states. This is how Prussia gained the land opposed to just uniting it with several men. Another problem was that Christians weren t sure they wanted a unified protestant country, so the church had problems with Germanys unification.
As you can see Germany and Italy were both unified in the end, but the way they were unified is both similar and different. Prussia had more of a military way of gaining its unification, while Italy just gathered up its little pieces and placed them in a big group uniting itself. Also the people of Italy wanted to become united while the 38 states that Prussia took over that belong to Germany weren t sure they wanted to be dominated.