Mid 1800’s to Early 1900’s Writing Assignment (L105)

1.) What were the key steps in the process of German unification?

The key steps in the process of German unification the were Seven Weeks War, the Franco-Prussian War, and then finally, the transition of William I from king of Prussia, to William I, German Emperor.

2.) Discuss the significance of two of the major innovations of the Second Industrial Revolution.

One major innovation of the Second Industrial Revolution was Thomas Edison’s incandescent light bulb in 1879. This gave way to the building of central power stations, which distributed electricity over large areas. The invention of the light bulb also birthed a whole new category of going-ons; nightlife! Suddenly, major cities began experiencing public lighting and it was possible to entertain in the dark hours, and go out with friends at night.
Another great innovation of the Second Industrial Revolution was the telephone, sweeping in to replace the old ways of the telegraph. Men with the means soon found themselves talking into odd tubular and bell shaped contraptions, and to their wonder, their fellow telephone owners would respond! This truly was the first time communication had been brought to one’s fingertips; it struck the public with awe. No more writing letters, no more hiring messengers, no more waiting days on end to finish a conversation; the telephone offered one of the first forms of instant gratification.

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