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"During the Rhine Crisis of 1840, French prime minister Adolphe Thiers advanced the claim that the Upper and Middle Rhine River should serve as his country’s “natural eastern border”. […]

Nikolaus Becker responded to these events by writing a poem called “Rheinlied" in which he swore to defend the Rhine. The Swabian merchant Max Schneckenburger, inspired by the German praise and French opposition this received, then wrote the poem “Die Wacht am Rhein”. […]

…songs written in this period […] called for Germans to unite, to put aside sectionalism and the rivalries of the various German kingdoms and principalities, to establish a unified German state and defend Germany’s territorial integrity.” (Wikipedia)

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(Source: youtube.com, via cerradiano)