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Germany, History

cultural evolution, sovereign nations, century writers, Volk, ambiguity

Germany lacked any clearly defined geographical boundaries until modern times. The idea of a single German people, or Volk, is likewise a relatively recent development, largely invented by 19th- and 20th-century writers and politicians. From ancient times, several ethnic groups have mixed to shape the history of Germany, resulting in a stunning diversity of cultures and dialects. Political definitions of Germany have tended to reflect this ambiguity, at various times including many regions that today are sovereign nations (such as Austria and Switzerland) or parts of other countries (such as France, Poland, Russia, and Hungary). Modern Germany is the product of centuries of social, political, and cultural evolution. This history section provides a brief survey of that evolution.

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cultural evolution, sovereign nations, century writers, Volk, ambiguity, dialects, modern times, history of Germany, ethnic groups, ancient times, Austria, Russia, Switzerland, regions, various times, Poland, France, idea, countries, parts

 
 

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