Germany, which was not yet a unified nation, but a loose assemblage of states, principalities, margravates, and free cities, with Frederick the Great of Prussia the most powerful single ruler. (The anthem Deutschland über Alles does not refer to political domination; it was written in 1841 to prophesy a unified Germany that would replace the anti-liberal petty states.) Damrosch, Leo. The Club (Kindle Locations 1962-1965). Yale University Press. Kindle Edition.

— Germany not unified before 1850  

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