North German Confederation
- (1867–71) Union of the German states north of the Main River, formed after Prussia's victory in the Seven Weeks' War.The confederation recognized the individual states' rights but was effectively controlled by Prussia, whose king served as its president and whose chancellor was Otto von Bismarck. Its constitution served as a model for that of the German Empire, with which it merged in 1871.
* * *▪ historical German unionGerman Norddeutscher Bund,union of the German states north of the Main River formed in 1867 under Prussian (Prussia) hegemony after Prussia's victory over Austria in the Seven Weeks' War (1866). Berlin was its capital, the king of Prussia was its president, and the Prussian chancellor was also its chancellor. Its constitution served as a model for that of the German Empire, with which it merged in 1871.
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