Re: Sapere Aude
Jean-Jacques Rousseau observed that the German balance was also the balance of Europe.
French foreign minister Vergennes in 1779
'We owe our superiority and security to the forces of German disunity and to the vices of this constitution'
Thus, it might not be unreasonable to assume that the demise of the German Reich(small states) and its incorporation into Prussian Germany triggered the destruction of the balance..and future conflicts..