There was no such thing as a "nation" of Germany until 1870-71, just a collection of peoples who were from similar stock and shared somewhat similar languages, customs, and folk tales. Much of the German story is a tale of attempted unification and subsequent disunity of these Germanic peoples. We will examine the political, economic, social, religious, and philosophical factors that account for the unity-disunity cycles from Medieval times to the fall of the Berlin Wall. This course concentrates on this one theme or big idea in an effort to clarify much of the Germans' murky history--its strengths, weaknesses, and missteps. Lecture (plus Questions)
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