Unification of Germany

German Unification

Europe 1871.0128

Unification of Germany

German Unification (28 January 1871)

Historical Map of Europe & the Mediterranean

On January 18, 1871, King William of Prussia was declared Emperor of Germany by the leaders of the German states at Versailles Palace in France. Ten days later, Paris capitulated and the French agreed to peace.

Main Events

Rome becomes capital of Italy

Proclamation of German Empire

William I of Prussia was proclaimed German Emperor by the German princes and senior military commanders gathered in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles, currently under Prussian occupation while they besieged Paris. The act marked the unification of Germany under the Kingdom of Prussia and the beginning of the Second German Reich.

Proclamation of German Empire

William I of Prussia was proclaimed German Emperor by the German princes and senior military commanders gathered in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles, currently under Prussian occupation while they besieged Paris. The act marked the unification of Germany under the Kingdom of Prussia and the beginning of the Second German Reich.

Paris capitulates and France signs armistice with Germany

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