The 4th Reich? (1947)

The 4th Reich?

1st Reich
The small map dated 1914 shows the area ruled by Kaiser Wilhelm I, who has proclaimed Emperor in Versailles on Jan. 18, 1871, when Germany took its place as a world power after the Franco-Prussian War. The invasion of Belgium in 1914 was the beginning of World War I.

2nd Reich
After Germany’s defeat and the abdication of the Kaiser, the National Assembly met on Feb. 6,1919, and elected Friedrich Ebert president of the republic. Under the Weimar Constitution, promulgated later in the year, the republic lasted until 1933, when the Nazis came into power.

3nd Reich
Hitler’s appointment as chancellor led to the scrapping of the Constitution and the formation of a totalitarian state under his dictatorship. The large map gives the boundaries of the area under Nazi domination during the period of Germany’s greatest expansion – in 1941 and 1942.

4th Reich
With four of the Allied nations occupying German soil and attempting to form an agreement concerning the country’s future organization, the boundaries are still to be determined. The map dated 1947 gives the existing division into American, British, French and Russian zones.

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