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History for all, and for all some fun

Germany has been a major player in the last 100 years for the world and is well known for its role in World War 2 and creating the world we know today.  But how much do you know about the Germany before? Or about the Germany after?  Did you know that the German tribes conquered most of Roman Europe and Africa?  Did you know that Queen Louise of Prussia was a symbol of resistance against Napoleon? Join us as we discuss the history of Germany and turn it from dry tales into relatable and personal stories of people not so different from you or me. This podcast will cover aspects of culture, politics, military, gender, and day to day life from when we first have findings for the archeological records all the way to modern day.

The episodes are supposed to be listened to in order so make sure to start with episode 1 and work your way through up to the newest episode.  I hope you enjoy as we explore the center of Europe.



October 23, 2020

For our final interview we have Michael Kaelin from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Join in as we discuss German immigration into the US during the 1800s and how these immigrants played a role in controlling who and who could not come to the US from their home countries and informed the US immigration policy that would form in the lead up to 1900.


June 30,2020

Hey so update! There will not be a normal episode this week. Instead there will be a special interview this week and another next week! I hope that makes up for a small break between our normal episodes.


Check back often to never miss an update.


My name is Jacob Collier and I am the creator of the Podcast on Germany. Podcast on Germany was created in order to provide a fun and interesting discussion on German history. This podcast wants to expand on our common knowledge of Germany and its past and turn it from the dry pages of your textbooks into real life stories.  The names and dates will have faces and meanings while the past becomes something that we can understand and appreciate.  Those involved in the history will be shown as real life humans not story book characters that we could never be.  All of this is important to show that history is something that we take part of every day, even without realizing it. It also serves as a reminder that history is life.  What happened to those mentioned within the podcast can happen to you as well.  We can end up being just as great if we try, or just as terrible if we are not careful, as those names mentioned within those long classes back in high school.

I received my Master's degree in Modern European History focusing on Imperial German diplomacy in 2017 from Texas Tech University.  I can read German but do not bother to ask me to speak it. Language has never been my gift.  I have spent 3 years reading and researching German history and was lucky enough to go visit Berlin, Potsdam, and Vienna back in May 2018.  I have always enjoyed reading the histories and I look forward to sharing it with you. 



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Important events and people on this day in German History:

Today in 1965 Paul Johannes Tillich passed away after some heart issues. Born in Strarzeddel in 1886 he got his doctorate in Philosophy and became ordained as a Lutheran minister. He married in September 1914 before leaving the next month to serve as a chaplain for the army. After the war he started working at the University of Berlin within their Theology department which he held till 1924.

In 1929 he was working at the University of Frankfurt where he gave public lectures attacking the far right and the rise of the Nazis. In 1933 he was dimissed from his position when Hitler became Chancellor. Tillich was hired by the New York City Union Theological Seminary and would move later that year.

While there he would join the Fellowship of Socialist Christians work for the Universities of Harvard, Columbia, Chicago and Aberdeen.


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