By Jason Philip Coy
The tale of Germany, a key participant in international diplomatic and financial affairs, is important to our figuring out of world heritage and the modern international. masking greater than 2,000 years of historical past, a quick background 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. easy proof, a chronology, a bibliography, and a listing of steered readings around out this insightful and complete source.
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These various tribes did not form a cohesive group, waging constant warfare among themselves and living alongside and intermingling with other peoples during their extensive migrations. The most important of these interactions was with the Celts, who had dominated the region before the appearance of the Germanic tribes. While sources are hazy for the ancient period, and archaeology has not been able to provide conclusive information, it appears that the migrating Germanic tribes moved from the area that is today southern Scandinavia and northern Germany.
Salian Germany After a century of remarkable rule, the Ottonian dynasty finally died out in 1024 with the death of the able but heirless Henry II (1519–59), creating a power vacuum within the empire. After some wrangling, the tribal leaders elected Conrad II (990–1039) of Franconia as Holy Roman Emperor, founding the Salian dynasty. The Salians held the imperial title for a century, until 1125, and the four emperors who ruled during that period gradually managed to establish the Holy Roman Empire as one of the leading powers of Europe.
Indd 23 11/8/10 9:49:23 AM A BRIEF HISTORY OF GERMANY The Zugspitze in southern Germany (Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin / Art Resource, NY / C. indd 24 11/8/10 9:49:24 AM GERMANIA: BARBARIAN GERMANY faith. E. is preserved in The Chronicle of St. Denis. The Chronicle presents the Frankish king’s conversion from “idolatry” as a holy miracle, accomplished through divine intervention in order to facilitate the conversion of his subjects to Christianity. While this account, written by a pious Catholic monk, suggests that divine inspiration and the faith of Clovis’s devoted wife swayed the Frankish king, he no doubt also had more worldly motivations.