Prussian/German

The majority of the ethnic Germans in Denmark lived in the Schleswig-Holstein region and with the recent ending of the Napoleonic wars feelings of both Danish and German nationalism had increased. German nationalists believed that Schleswig, Holstein, and Lauenburg should remain united, and their belief that Schleswig and Holstein should not be separated led to the two duchies being referred to as Schleswig-Holstein. Schleswig became a particular source of contention, as it contained a large number of Danes, Germans and North Frisians. Another cause of the war was the legally questionable change to the rules of ducal succession in the duchies.

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