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October 28, 2016
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Lecture 2

 Department of History

 HI 210: GERMAN HISTORY, 1648-1871


Germany: Origins and Empire

1.      Introduction: "Where is Germany?" and "Who is German?"

2.     Origins   
        - The Romans and the Germans
        - The "Barbarian" Migration (4th and 5th centuries):  
        - Merovingian Dynasty:
        - The Carolingian Dynasty, 751-911
        - The Frankish Empire of Charles the Great, 800
        - Romanization and Christianization

3.     Formation off the German Kingdom
        - The German Duchies/Dukes
        - The Ottonian Dynasty, 936-1001
        - Otto I the Great, crowned emperor in 962

4.     From Kingdom to Empire (Regnum teutonicum)
        - Universal mission of Empire
        - The Pope, Italy, and the German Kingdom/Holy Roman Empire
        - The Hohenstauffen Dynasty, 1127-1254
        - Frederick I ("Barbarossa"), 1154-90
        - Imperial glory and decline


- The Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation
- Arminius of Cheruscan (vs. Varus in 9AD in the Teutoburg Forest)
- The Roman Limes (defensive frontier west of the Rhine and north of the Danube)
- German tribes: Alemanni, Goths, Saxons, Vandals, Lombards, Burgundians, Franks)
- Attila's Huns
- Treaty of Verdun, 843
- Louis the German (East-Frankish King)
- Saxony, Swabia, Baveria, Thuringia, Franconia
- The Salian Dynasty (1024-1125) and Henry IV and Canossa