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Editor says, what if the Hanoverian connection with Great Britain prevented the unification of Germany? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the War thread.
In 1867,on this day a romantic German nationalist assassinated Prince Albert the recently installed putative head of the British-sponsored North German League that arose from Otto Von Bismarck's failed unification project.
Assassination of Prince Albert Ed, Eric Oppen & Scott PalterWith Habsburg Austria facing imminent defeat, Central Europe was on the verge of Prussian domination - but for a last minute Hanoverian appeal for British protection. When all of Protestant Germany except Saxony followed suite, British and French intervention became inevitable.
A conference of the three powers established a North German League under the protection of Great Britain and a South German League of four Catholic states under the protection of Austria and France, a Rhineland state under Napoleon III's son as a separate crown and a permanent three power league to uphold the peace.
The Konig refused to contemplate a suicidal war. With his unification plans in tatters, the legacy of Bismarck would be limited to the creation of a social security/welfare state. And so it was left to a real romantic nationalist to punish Great Britain for crushing German aspirations for a unified state, a "Reich" if you will.