1. Germany was a relatively new nation, formed by the unification of several German-speaking kingdoms in 1871.
2. The catalyst for this was German nationalism, which grew rapidly through the mid-1800s, fuelled by propagandists.
3. Prussia’s victory over France in 1871 precipitated unification and the creation of Imperial Germany under Wilhelm I.
4. The German government was largely left to Count Otto von Bismarck, who oversaw economic and social reforms.
5. Imperial Germany was technologically and industrially advanced, with some progressive social policies – however it was also strongly shaped by militarism, nationalism and government authoritarianism.
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In March 1938, Germany sent its army into Austria , which had only a little reaction from European countries.  Shortly after that, the Allies agreed to give Sudetenland , part of Czechoslovakia , to Germany, so that Hitler would promise to stop taking more land.  But the rest of the country was either forced to surrender  or invaded by March 1939.  The Allies now tried to stop him, by promising to help Poland if it was attacked.  Just before the war, Germany and the Soviet Union signed a peace agreement , agreeing that they would not attack each other for ten years.  In the secret part of it, they agreed to divide Eastern Europe between them.