Why did Germany fail to Unite before 1860?
Various individual and different factors equal in significance contributed towards inhibiting Germany failing to unite before 1860; these included: the Bund; Austro Prussian Rivalry; Inter-State rivalry; popular indifference; the failure of the Frankfurt Diet and the 1848 Revolution and the lack of foreign support; each factor had a direct baring on the failure of Germany uniting.
The Bund played an influential hand in the failure of Germany uniting before 1860. Willingness and strong eagerness to perform besmirch and lack of synoptic views with Prussia ran all over Austria and this played an important influence on the failure of Germany failing to unite before 1860. Austria had passed the Carlsberg decrees and crushed Prussian led Evert Union at Olmutz, which incidentally brought down nationalism and severely dampened it, which brought besmirch upon nationalism through out. The Bund was surprisingly weaker than what the eyes of the presumptuous people of Austria and Germany presumed it was, the Bund influentially had no presence or authority on German leadership; it was controlled by Austria but; however the members of the Bund where not as supportive on supporting the Bund as their interests lay a-stray within the self righteousness of their personal credibility and what was best for them not the Bund, their interest was in keeping their autonomy, this was special rights which enabled them to have their own tax systems, armies and rulers. Unification was impossible to establish as long as an Austrian controlled Bund existed, this was very unlikely to change as the members of the Bund were not prepared or supportive at all of trading autonomy for unification; they wanted to retain their armies, tax raising rights and power of a leadership role which carries connotations with higher authority and most significantly, respect, they did not want to lose this status, thus ensuring that