By Jason Philip Coy
The tale of Germany, a key participant in international diplomatic and financial affairs, is important to our knowing of worldwide background and the modern international. protecting greater than 2,000 years of historical past, a quick heritage of Germany offers a concise account of the occasions, humans, and certain customs and traditions that experience formed Germany from precedent days to the current. uncomplicated proof, a chronology, a bibliography, and a listing of steered readings around out this insightful and finished source.
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The cream of the Roman military, were butchered. ) to abandon the costly conquest of Germany. In the 19th century, Arminius, known to modern Germans as Hermann, became a potent symbol of nationalistic pride and German military might, celebrated in scores of patriotic songs and nationalistic books. indd 14 11/8/10 9:49:22 AM GERMANIA: BARBARIAN GERMANY The Hermannsdenkmal, a monument constructed near the Teutoburg Forest in honor of the Cheruscan chieftain Arminius. The monument, completed in 1875, became a rallying point for German nationalists and a popular site for tourists, such as this group that visited the site in 1925.
Source: Emperor Henry IV. ” In Power and the Holy in the Age of the Investiture Conflict: A Brief History with Documents, edited by Maureen C. Miller (New York: Bedford/ St. Martins, 2005), pp. 87–88. As these religious and political controversies raged at the highest rungs of the medieval social order, during the 11th and 12th centuries, the common people living in the German lands also experienced dramatic change. The most visible of the changes was rapid urbanization, sparked in part by the economic stimulus provided by the revitalization of long-distance trade precipitated by the Crusades.
Indd 21 11/8/10 9:49:23 AM A BRIEF HISTORY OF GERMANY divided the Germanic tribes west of the Rhine, who lived under Roman dominion in the province of Gaul and adopted Roman language and culture, from those east of it, in Germania, who retained Germanic tongues and customs. , the time of Tacitus’s Germania, numerous Germanic tribes had settled along the Rhine and the Danube, along the Roman frontier, occupying most of the area of modern Germany. The Roman-Germanic frontier, known as the Limes Germanicus, thus became a site of vibrant cultural exchange, as the Germanic tribes encamped along it bartered for Roman goods and absorbed elements of Roman culture.