Second Schleswig War

German Unification

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Second Schleswig War

German Unification (30 October 1864)

Historical Map of Europe & the Mediterranean

The two most powerful German states were Austria and Prussia. After the German occupation of Holstein, they demanded that Denmark relinquish Schleswig. When the Danes refused to back down, the Austrians and Prussians invaded. By October Denmark had been overrun and forced to come to terms.

Main Events

Austrian and Prussia troops enter Schleswig, marking beginning of Second Schleswig War

Great Britain cedes Ionian Islands to Greece

In September Convention with France, Italy renounces claim to Rome and Florence becomes Italian capital

At Treaty of Vienna, Denmark agrees to cede Schleswig-Holstein to Austria and Prussia

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