6 Little-Known Historical Facts That Can Surprise Even ’A’ Students

3. There were only 3 Reichs in history.

6 Little-Known Historical Facts That Can Surprise Even ’A’ Students

Reich in translation from German means “state” or “empire.” The first Reich was the Holy Roman Empire, but not of the times of Ancient Rome. In 962, king Otto I the Great declared his state as the Holy Roman Empire which claimed the continuity of the ancient Roman Empire and the Frankish Empire of Charlemagne. In 1806, the Empire was eliminated during the Napoleonic Wars and its last emperor Francis II was abdicated.

The German Empire is considered to be the second Reich. It was founded by Otto von Bismarck in 1871. The empire stopped existing in 1918 as a result of the November Revolution. After some time, Adolf Hitler established the Third Reich on March 24, 1933.

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