(Original post by ben2111)
Germany: around 30 different tiny states before 1870, totally differnet cultures and even languages. United under the interests of a SOCIETY to defend against / attack the French. Since then oe country and still somebody from Hamburg does not understand somebody from Munich, take my word for it.
Just want to put the record straight:
1) It's utter nonsense to say that someone from Munich does not understand someone from Hamburg. Yes, they do have different accents, but it's still the same language, and the average person from Hamburg CAN understand a person from Munich talking in his accent.
A Londoner can also understand a Dubliner, even if the accents are different. The different between Hamburg and Munich is not bigger than between London and Dublin.
2) Before 1870, Germany was not 'around 30 tiny states'. During most of the late 18th/19th Century, Prussia was a dominant force in Germany. In 1870, Prussia managed to take over Germany, because it had grown so powerful. Before 1870, Germany was divided in a number of different states, but they were not 'tiny'. Some of them were, but others were major powers.
3) Germany did not unite in the 'interest of its society' or 'to defend against / attack the French'. It was basically just Prussia progressively taking over all of Germany.