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Why didn't Germany have a large empire outside Europe like UK and France?

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago
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    Germany wasn't even a united country before 1871. Before that the reigning powers in the german kingdoms was Prussia. Prussia had no interest in overseas colonies, their major focus was dealing with France and Russia, their age old enemies. It was only after it became a united country did they start to think they needed overseas colonies. But by then Britain and France had grabbed most everything available on the planet. Second thing is if you look at a map of Germany they have very few ports. Unlike England which had ports everywhere, Germany had only one or two, again limiting the size of their merchant marine and navy.

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  • 9 months ago

    If the Germans wanted to, they could occupy many countries. But they did not. They love to stay in their country.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Actually I did have an empire, but it was not as large as the UK and France. Germany was a latecomer and only became a colonial power in the 1880s, whereas France and the UK became one in the 16th and early 17th century.

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  • John
    Lv 4
    9 months ago

    How crazy. Why would Germany have a 'empire'? Whores form empires through murder and theft.

    Germans ain't whores

    • Lili
      Lv 7
      9 months agoReport

      You don't know much history, dear.

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  • 9 months ago

    It had colonial possessions in Africa but lost them as a result of losing WW1.

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  • 9 months ago

    To be a great overseas empire , a nation needs a great navy. Germany made some great ships, but they were not a maritime or naval heavyweight.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    i know nothing about that

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Germany only became a unified country after the Franco-Prussian War in the early 1870s. By that point much of the rest of the world was already divided up between other European countries. Germany, which lacked Atlantic shores and didn't have a strong naval tradition, was left trying to establish some colonies in Africa.

    • Shark
      Lv 7
      9 months agoReport

      right

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  • 9 months ago

    Eww Germans are so pale lol but good that they don’t like the Jews

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  • 9 months ago

    At the time of the Empires Germany was a collection of individual states like Prussia and Bavaria. They didn't become a single united country until the 20th century.

  • 9 months ago

    Two main factors. They didn't unify as a country until 1870 and they don't have ready access to an ocean. They aren't quite landlocked but almost. As a result they are not nearly as much of a maritime nation as UK, Spain, France or Portugal (who all did have large overseas empires).

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    • megalomaniac
      Lv 7
      9 months agoReport

      I prefer 1870. It would have been more difficult to defeat the French if it weren't for at least some kind of unity.

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