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Central Europe did not have a strong leader to unite the states for a longer time because of the aristocracy limiting the king's power. They denied him an army and gave him little pay and little power. Without any real power, he couldn't force central Europe to unite. eventually a German family of Austria rose to power by becoming absolute rulers. They were known as the Hapsburgs. They did three important thing to help them become rulers:

1. Took over Bohemia during 300 year war.

2. eliminated Protestantism and created the Czech nobility that was loyal to them

3.they took Hungary from the ottoman empire

The Hapsburgs had the power to form a stronger sense of unity in Central Europe

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