German History 101: When Did Germany Become A Country? 🤔

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Want to learn the history of Germany but don’t want to spend years pouring over books? We have the solution for you!

In our bite-sized history lessons, you can learn important parts of Germany’s long, varied and super interesting history.

In this lesson, we are discussing when did Germany become a country?

Much like our lesson on the first German king, the answer to this is not simple. The concept of a country and what constitutes a German country has evolved over time.

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Looking at how borders have changed over time is one way you could define when Germany became a country and how it has changed over time.

In the video below, you can watch how Germany united and changed over time and the role Prussia played. It’s also interesting to see how big Germany was at the start of the 20th century if you haven’t seen that before.

Don’t miss this video for a brief and interesting introduction to how Germany became Germany.

What we think of as Germany today is only how it has been since reunification in 1990.

Want to learn more about Germany’s history? Find out what happened to German kings here and the history of Germany in 5 minutes here. You can also find all our history lessons here.

Sharon Gourlay in the Rhina Valley

By Sharon Gourlay

Sharon first fell in love with Germany back in 2000 on her first visit. She loves the long history, the picturesque Old Towns, the castles, the food, everything really! Since then, she has visited many times and loves writing about Germany here so you can enjoy it too. In fact, Sharon loves German culture so much that she sent her kids to a German primary school in Australia. She especially loves Berlin and towns with charming Old Towns like Celle and Quedlinburg. Sharon also has a Certificate III in International Travel Sales and understands the nitty gritty of travel planning. Through this site, she'll help you have the perfect trip to Germany whether it's your first or tenth time!

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