Welcome back everyone for another of my weekly Hello to segments where we take a look at some of the countries that have visited this blog. This week we’ll be talking about Germany and getting to learn some hopefully new things about it.
I’ve taken a look at a number of countries around Eastern Europe but by my calculation, this will be my first time taking a look at Western Europe. Some may not consider this to be Western Europe but I think Germany counts as that defining cut off between East and West.
So, Germany is a country we learn a lot about in American history classes, but we never really get much on anything pre-WWI. I’m going to be focusing in a lot on those aspects of Germany because I wanna learn some new things today!
As usual, I’ve headed over to Wikipedia for this information.
Something you may find interesting is where the name Germany is derived from. It’s origins come from a Latin word Germania which was adopted into use by the ancient Romans.
It was astounding for me to learn that human presences in Germany date back some 600,000 years! These were of course not the Homosapien we’re all familiar with today, but much more ancient human precursors. Additionally, there are a variety of early human discoveries in Germany. Things like the oldest hunting weapons, first Neanderthal fossils, the oldest musical instrument findings, and some of the oldest human figurative art ever!
The region was originally controlled by the Germanic tribes which we thought to originate from more northern Nordic tribes flowing South, East, and West! These tribes had a number of clashes with the Roman empire before 100 A.D. Portions of modern-day Germany remained unoccupied, but found themselves contained to the northern regions by a wall built but the Romans.
After a few hundred years of containment, the Germanic tribes broke through the wall and began to steadily move South over the following few hundred years as the Roman empire declined.
From there the lands spent around a hundred years under the possession of the Carolingian Empire, a Frankish kingdom that emerged after the fall of Rome. After this short period, the history of Germany became intertwined with the Holy Roman Empire, with the empire declaring the first king of the German lands in 962.
From then on Germany would slowly expand its border in all directions as its various kings gained power. This continued until the last Germany king died without leaving any male heirs behind in 1740. This led to some bitter conflict in the region that would last until the dissolution of much of the Holy Roman Empire. Through these conflicts the German region found itself carved up by several different nations in its surrounding area as they fought for control of Central Europe.
Following all this conflict, some major players came together to build a coalition of territories that banded together. This coalition was known as the German Confederation and actually appointed the Emperor of Austria as the permanent President. It was only another thirty years later that the people would rebel against this agreement, looking to follow in the footsteps of the nearby French revolution.
They were successful, mostly, and offered the King of Prussia the crown. He rejected it though, due in part of the constitution that was also presented. The leader of Prussia did go on however and was able to win a war that separated Germany from Austria. This led to a unified Germany in 1871 when the German princes came together and declared the creation of the German Empire.
Upon its set up, it took practice in many similar behaviors of its neighbors, mainly imperialism. It continued on this course, and the rest is relatively recent history from there.
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