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germanbrothers: Woah! Happy 150th birthday to the Prussian-Italian Alliance!!On 8 April 1866, Prussia met up with Italy because they had one thing in common:Fuck Austria.Above: Summary of events.In 1866, Prussia was knee-deep in its effort for German Unification. It had already fought with Austria against Denmark for the territories of Schleswig Holstein in 1863, and now, only three years later, there was a dispute between them that would prompt Bismarck to declare war on Austria. There was a political reason, but mostly Bismarck just really wanted to go to war against Austria.See, Prussia and Austria had been at each other’s throats for over a century, and that was a problem - the lesser German states either allied against one, or the other. In order for Unification to happen with Prussia on top, Austria needed to be crushed.In 1866, Italy was ALSO knee-deep in its effort for Italian Unification. It had already fought against Austria in two previous wars - the first resulted in an Austrian victory, and the second resulted in Sardinia being annexed from Austria because France came in to help. Venetia was still in Austria’s hands, and that sucked, because Venice is in Venetia, and the Austrians outlawed Carnevale, which is an outright sin.Also the whole, ‘not being in charge of our own culture and politics’ bit, but seriously - those masks are hella nice.So today in 1866, Prussia and Italy got together and was like “yo! We’re trying to unite, and this douchecanoe is being a pain in the ass about it!” Bismarck agreed that when he went to war against Austria (spoiler: he went to war against Austria), he would not sign a separate Peace Treaty until Italian independence was guaranteed and Austria was left sobbing in a corner, hungry and alone. How nice!This alliance was imperative to the Austro-Prussian War. Due to this alliance, Austria was feeling heat on both sides of its borders, forcing its resources to be stretched thin. This allowed for an easy, 7-week defeat, that resulted in Prussian dominance over all other German states, and the completion of Italian Independence Unification.The painting above, illustrated by Andrea Appiani jr., depicts an allegory of the woman, Italy, defending Venice, the lion.: germanbrothers: Woah! Happy 150th birthday to the Prussian-Italian Alliance!!On 8 April 1866, Prussia met up with Italy because they had one thing in common:Fuck Austria.Above: Summary of events.In 1866, Prussia was knee-deep in its effort for German Unification. It had already fought with Austria against Denmark for the territories of Schleswig Holstein in 1863, and now, only three years later, there was a dispute between them that would prompt Bismarck to declare war on Austria. There was a political reason, but mostly Bismarck just really wanted to go to war against Austria.See, Prussia and Austria had been at each other’s throats for over a century, and that was a problem - the lesser German states either allied against one, or the other. In order for Unification to happen with Prussia on top, Austria needed to be crushed.In 1866, Italy was ALSO knee-deep in its effort for Italian Unification. It had already fought against Austria in two previous wars - the first resulted in an Austrian victory, and the second resulted in Sardinia being annexed from Austria because France came in to help. Venetia was still in Austria’s hands, and that sucked, because Venice is in Venetia, and the Austrians outlawed Carnevale, which is an outright sin.Also the whole, ‘not being in charge of our own culture and politics’ bit, but seriously - those masks are hella nice.So today in 1866, Prussia and Italy got together and was like “yo! We’re trying to unite, and this douchecanoe is being a pain in the ass about it!” Bismarck agreed that when he went to war against Austria (spoiler: he went to war against Austria), he would not sign a separate Peace Treaty until Italian independence was guaranteed and Austria was left sobbing in a corner, hungry and alone. How nice!This alliance was imperative to the Austro-Prussian War. Due to this alliance, Austria was feeling heat on both sides of its borders, forcing its resources to be stretched thin. This allowed for an easy, 7-week defeat, that resulted in Prussian dominance over all other German states, and the completion of Italian Independence Unification.The painting above, illustrated by Andrea Appiani jr., depicts an allegory of the woman, Italy, defending Venice, the lion.
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