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(hăn`ōvər), Ger. Hannover, former independent kingdom and former province of Germany; Lower Saxony, NW Germany. Very irregular in outline, Hanover stretched from the Dutch border and the North Sea in the northwest to the Harz Mts. in the southeast. The name Hanover originally applied only to the city, becoming the name of a state in 1815. Most of the territory was included in the duchy of Brunswick, which the house of the GuelphsGuelphs
, European dynasty tracing its descent from the Swabian count Guelph or Welf (9th cent.), whose daughter Judith married the Frankish emperor Louis I. Guelph III (d. 1055) was made (1047) duke of Carinthia and margrave of Verona.
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 retained after 1180. In the repeated subdivisions of Brunswick among the various branches of the family, the branch of Brunswick-Lüneburg (and its offshoots, the duchies of Lüneburg, Celle, and Lüneburg-Calenberg) emerged as the most powerful. The dukes of Brunswick-Lüneburg played an important part in the Thirty Years War (1618–48) on the Protestant side, and in 1692 Duke Ernest Augustus of Calenberg was raised to the rank of elector. His lands became known as the electorate of Hanover. The marriage of Ernest Augustus to SophiaSophia
, 1630–1714, electress of Hanover, consort of Elector Ernest Augustus. She was the daughter of Frederick the Winter King and Elizabeth of Bohemia, who was the daughter of James I of England.
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, granddaughter of James I of England, brought (1714) the English throne to his son, Elector George Louis (George IGeorge I
(George Louis), 1660–1727, king of Great Britain and Ireland (1714–27); son of Sophia, electress of Hanover, and great-grandson of James I. He became (1698) elector of Hanover, fought in the War of the Spanish Succession, and in 1714 succeeded Queen Anne
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 of England). Personal union of Great Britain and Hanover continued under the house of HanoverHanover, house of,
ruling dynasty of Hanover (see Hanover, province), which was descended from the Guelphs and which in 1714 acceded to the British throne in the person of George I.
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 (see separate article). Napoleon I gave the electorate to Prussia in 1805, but in 1807 he assigned part of Hanover to the kingdom of Westphalia under his brother Jérôme Bonaparte, the remainder being divided in 1810 between France and Westphalia. In 1813, Great Britain regained possession, and in 1815 the Congress of Vienna raised Hanover to a kingdom, with membership in the German ConfederationGerman Confederation,
1815–66, union of German states provided for at the Congress of Vienna to replace the old Holy Roman Empire, which had been destroyed during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. It comprised 39 states in all, 35 monarchies and 4 free cities.
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. At the accession (1837) of Queen Victoria in England, Hanover was separated from the British crown because of the Salic law of succession. Ernest AugustusErnest Augustus,
1771–1851, king of Hanover (1837–51) and duke of Cumberland, fifth son of George III of England. At the accession of his niece Queen Victoria, the crowns of England and Hanover were separated, since succession in Hanover was only through the male
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, son of George III, became king of Hanover and began his reign by rescinding the liberal Hanoverian constitution of 1833, thus evoking the well-known protest of the seven professors at GöttingenGöttingen
, city (1994 pop. 128,420), Lower Saxony, central Germany, on the Leine River. It is noted for its university, founded in 1734 (opened 1737) by Elector George Augustus (George II of England).
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; the Revolution of 1848 forced him to grant a liberal constitution. His son, George VGeorge V,
1819–78, last king of Hanover (1851–66), son and successor of Ernest Augustus. He was blind after 1833. Fearing Hanover's absorption by Prussia, he sided with Austria in the Austro-Prussian War (1866).
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, succeeded him in 1851. George V refused to support Prussia in the Austro-Prussian WarAustro-Prussian War
or Seven Weeks War,
June 15–Aug. 23, 1866, between Prussia, allied with Italy, and Austria, seconded by Bavaria, Württemberg, Saxony, Hanover, Baden, and several smaller German states.
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 (1866) and, as a consequence, lost his kingdom, which was made a Prussian (from 1871 a German) province. After World War II the province was incorporated into Lower SaxonyLower Saxony,
Ger. Niedersachsen , state (1994 pop. 7,480,000), 18,295 sq mi (47,384 sq km), NW Germany. Hanover is the capital. The state was formed in 1946 by the merger of the former Prussian province of Hanover with the former states of Brunswick, Oldenburg, and
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Ger. Hannover, city (1994 pop. 524,820), capital of Lower Saxony, N Germany, on the Leine River and the Midland Canal. It is a major industrial, commercial, and transshipment center, also serving as a vital rail and road junction in northern Germany. Manufactures include iron and steel, tires, machinery, and motor vehicles. The city is the site of a noted annual industrial fair, the world's largest, held every April. Hanover was chartered in 1241 and in 1369 passed to Brunswick. In 1386 it joined the Hanseatic League. In 1692 it became the capital of the electorate (from 1815 kingdom; from 1866 province) of HanoverHanover
, Ger. Hannover, former independent kingdom and former province of Germany; Lower Saxony, NW Germany. Very irregular in outline, Hanover stretched from the Dutch border and the North Sea in the northwest to the Harz Mts. in the southeast.
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 (see separate article). Hanover was badly damaged in World War II, but after 1945 numerous old buildings were reconstructed and many modern structures were erected. Points of interest include the Gothic former city hall (15th cent.); the Marktkirche (14th cent.), a red-brick church with a high (318 ft/97 m) tower; the Leineschloss (17th cent.), a château that now houses the parliament of Lower Saxony; and the remains of Herrenhausen castle (17th cent.). Hanover is the seat of technical, medical, and veterinary universities and several museums. The city has numerous parks and gardens, including the site of Expo 2000, Germany's first international exposition. Elector Ernest Augustus, his wife Sophia, and their son, George I of England, are buried in Hanover.


1 Borough (1990 pop. 14,399), York co., SE Pa.; inc. 1815. Industries include food processing (especially pretzels) and the manufacture of apparel; machinery; metal, plastic, and paper products; and chemicals. Standardbred horses are raised there (many famous trotters have "Hanover" in their names). A cavalry action preceding the battle of Gettysburg was fought in Hanover in June, 1863.

2 Town (1990 pop. 9,212), Grafton co., SW N.H. on the Connecticut river across from Vt.; settled 1765, inc. 1769. The town is the seat of Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Hanover is a cultural and recreational center and has many fine colonial homes.

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Hannover, a German principality and kingdom (until 1866). The historical nucleus of Hanover was the Duchy of Braunschweig Lüneburg (in existence from 1235), whose capital after 1636 was Hanover; gradually the duchy itself was called Hanover. In 1692, Hanover became an electorate. In 1714 the elector of Hanover, Georg Ludwig, became concurrently the king of England (under the name of George I), thus creating the House of Hanover. (The union between Great Britain and Hanover existed until 1837.) At the Congress of Vienna (1814-15) Hanover was declared a kingdom. In the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, Hanover came out on the side of Austria. It was occupied by the Prussian armies and converted into a Prussian province (1866). After the defeat of fascist Germany in World War II (1939-45), the territory of Hanover became part of the English occupation zone; later it was incorporated into Lower Saxony (West Germany).



a city in the Federal Republic of Germany. The administrative center of Lower Saxony. Population, 522,000 (1969).

Hanover is a junction of international railway lines and highways, and it is a port (freight turnover of up to 2 million tons a year) at the intersection of the Mittelland Canal and the Leine River (basin of the Weser). An industrial and financial-commercial center, Hanover is a major producer in the transportation sector, mainly automobiles (the Volkswagen factory has around 22,000 employees), tractors, truck tractors, and armored carriers; it is also known for its machine-building, lathe-building, and electrotechnical industries. It is the most important center of the rubber industry in the Federal Republic of Germany (Continental Rubber Works and other enterprises, with more than 22,000 employees). Hanover has many food enterprises (such as sugar refining and meat and vegetable canning), textile industries, and enterprises of precision mechanics and optics. The largest region in the Federal Republic of Germany for the production of oil (about 2.4 million tons in 1969) and the production of potassium salt is found in the vicinity of Hanover.

An international industrial fair is held every year in Hanover. The city has specialized schools for technology, veterinary science, pedagogy, and the musical and theatrical arts. Construction began in 1965 on a municipal subway.

Hanover was severely damaged during World War II; the Markt Kirche (14th century) and the old Town Hall (15th century) have been restored, and the palace of the Herrenhausen (begun in 1676, reconstructed in 1704 and 1820-21) with its park (begun in 1674) has been preserved. After the war, significant work was done on the reconstruction of the center of the city and the major transportation networks; a radio center (architects F. W. Kraemer, G. Lichtenkalm, D. Oesterlen), a stadium (1954, architect R. Hillebrecht), the Kestner Museum (1961, architect W. Dierschke), and other public buildings have also been constructed.


Deckert, H., and H. Roggenkamp. Das alte Hanover. Vienna-Munich, 1952.


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1. a princely house of Germany (1692--1815), the head of which succeeded to the British throne as George I in 1714
2. the royal house of Britain (1714--1901)
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