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Use online videos to learn about 175 years of the History of Germany. Use the video subtitles to improve Reading and Literacy skills .... simultaneously!

Use these History of Germany videos entitled The Making of the German Nation to study over 175 years of German history from the Congress of Vienna in 1815 through the first talks of reunification in the 1980s.

Use these 4 online educational video titles to explore the forces affecting Germany as it struggled to become a nation. Study the political, economic, social, and military climate in Germany, from the creation of the German Confederation in 1815 to the rise and fall of the Third Reich. Trace the growth of German nationalism from the days of Bismarck, through the country's humiliating defeat in World War 1, to its rise to power under Adolf Hitler.

Learning Objectives:

  • Trace the changing political setting of Germany from the absolute monarchies that ruled the German states of the Holy Roman Empire to the integration of communism in East Germany and the rise of cold war tensions that followed in the wake of World War 2.
  • Explore the political currents of the German Confederation, formed at the Congress of Vienna, and the role played by Prince von Metternich, Austria's foreign prime minister.
  • Survey key events in German history from the proclamation of the German Empire in 1871 to the policies of Chancellor Otto von Bismarck and the abdication of Wilhelm II.
  • Discuss the reasons for the economic collapse of Germany and the ultimate failure of the Weimar Republic; survey Adolph Hitler's quest to build a new German Empire; and explain the significance of the Marshall Plan in rebuilding the economy of West Germany.
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