To What Extent Were Religious Divisions in Germany the Main Obstacle to Unification Between 1815 and 1850?

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To what extent were religious divisions in Germany the main obstacle to unification between 1815 and 1850? Between 1815, the year the Napoleonic Wars ended, and 1850 the German states experienced a growth of nationalism and desire for unity. However, by 1850 the German states were still not united., despite two attempts at doing so in 1848 and 1849. . Some would argue that the religious divisions in Germany were the main obstacle to unification. Others suggest that the opposition from Austria was more important, or that the German Princes' fear of losing power played a vital part. Religion was an obstacle to German unification, but only to a certain degree. The Northern German states were predominately protestant. Whereas the south were Roman Catholic. This did pose a problem for the growth of nationalism as the Northern states looked to Prussian for support, as she was the protestant superpower amongst the German states. The southern states on the other hand looked to Austria, due to her religious alliegience being Catholic. This mutual religion among the northern states caused them to support Prussia, and vice versa in the southern states with Austria. Thus, it was more than just religion that divided the German states. The tension and rivalry that existed between the two largest German states made worse the existing religious divisions and made the possibility of unification more problematic. Religion is a factor to be considered as a minor obstacle to unification, but is certainly not the most important factor. The German Princes' themselves proved to be an obstacle to unification. They did not wish to see Germany unified as they feared the loss of their personal power. They also seemed to distrust each other and would rather not lose their identity as individual states by joining with those they
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