Schleswig-Holstein Question

German Unification

Europe 1863.1224

Schleswig-Holstein Question

German Unification (24 December 1863)

Historical Map of Europe & the Mediterranean

Schleswig and Holstein were two largely German duchies which had long been ruled by Denmark. In 1863 the Danes revised their constitution to tie Schleswig more closely to Denmark - outraging German nationalists across Europe, who wanted the two duchies free from foreign rule. Supporting the nationalist cause, the small German states of Hanover and Saxony marched into Holstein.

Main Events

British and French fleets arrive in Veracruz

Otto von Bismarck becomes Prussian Prime Minister

January Uprising

November Constitution

Saxony and Hanover occupy Holstein

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