HISTORY OF GERMANY
FORMATION OF A NATION
"Wie wenig ist am Ende der Lebensbahn daran, was wir erlebten,
und wie unendlich viel, was wir daraus machten"
-Wilhelm von Humbuldt-
Timeline of German History, The German Confederation, The Hambach Festival, The Revolution of 1848/49, The North German Confederation, The German Empire, German Colonies, World War 1, The Weimar Republic, National Socialism, World War 2, Zero Hour, West Germany, German Democratic Republic, German Reunification
German history started more than 1000 years ago, and yet, the country itself is younger than the United States. Germany as a country was unified in 1871. The young
nation had to cope with surrounding imperial powers that regarded the new country as a competitor in an unjust and skeptical way. The nation had to deal with an outrageous peace treaty after it
had been swept up in its first major conflict by foreign actors. Not a few Germans had put their hopes into National Socialism to drain the supposed treasonous swamp. Throughout history, the
nation changed its political system several times, and it had to reinvent itself in the years after World War 2. The occupation of Germany resulted in the foundation of two German states. Modern
Germany was reunified in 1990. Today, it is is a vibrant destination, a cultural center of timeless music and literature, and an economic driving force in Europe and around the world. Discover
the compelling history of the German nation from the end of the Napoleonic wars to modern Germany.
Creative Commons: Art Tower
Background Images / Hintergrundilder:
Anton von Werner. Die Proklamierung des Deutschen Kaiserreichs (18. Januar 1871). Zweite Fassung 1882.
Carl Röchling. The Germans to the front !. 1902
CCO: Bergfried of Wartburg Castle
CCO: Hambach Castle
CCO: Reichstag Building