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North German Confederation

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North German Confederation

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The North German Confederation was the German federal state which existed from July 1867 to December 1870. Some historians also use the name for the alliance of 22 German states formed on 18 August 1866 (Augustbündnis). In 1870–1871, the south German states of Baden, Hesse-Darmstadt, Württemberg and Bavaria joined the country. On 1 January 1871, the country adopted a new constitution, which was written under the title of a new "German Confederation" but already gave it the name "German Empire" in the preamble and article 11. As the state system largely remained the same in the German Empire, the North German Confederation continues as the German nation state which still exists.
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  • Country facts 

  • Prussia's plans to unify Germany 

  • Aftermath of the 1866 war 

  • Four years of legislation 

  • Political system 

  • Customs Union 

  • Transition to the German Empire (1870–71)