Unity of Schleswig and Holstein with Denmark

Modeled by Gottfried Bernhard Loos, Royal Prussian Iron Foundries


In 1460, King Christian I of Denmark incorporated the German-speaking Holstein and the Danish-speaking Duchy of Schleswig into Denmark. In March 1848 the Holstein leaders demanded a free, joint constitution for Schleswig and Holstein, while the Danish National Liberals advocated a free constitution for Denmark and Schleswig and the separation of Holstein from Schleswig. With Prussian support, the Germans in Holstein revolted and the ensuing war between Denmark and Holstein 1848-50 had great international ramifications.