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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.



December 17, 2019

Hey everyone! Welcome to the last episode of 2019! Last episode we looked at the physical evidence and the frontier of Rome and Germania for the 1st century AD to the 3rd century.  Today's episode is discussing the actual written history and what we have to build off of it.  Which is not much. Despite the lack of evidence we do get a picture that the northern frontier, the border that should be easily secured, is breaking apart.  Along with the failure of the Roman Empire we get to meet some new players like the Saxons, Franks, Alamanni and the new guys from the east; the Goths.


January, 14, 2020

Our first episode of the year will be next Tuesday with special collaboration with Cult of Domesticity!


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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 1820 Johannes Rebmann was born in Gerlingen. As a young man he became a missionary in England in 1844. 2 years later he would leave to travel to East Africa where he would work in modern day Kenya.

His work was a struggle but with his fellow missionary Johann Ludwig Krapf he was able to build a series of missionary outposts in the local tribes. As they continued to expand their outposts in the region they moved further inland and were informed of the mysterious mountain capped with silver. Deciding to see what the fuss was about they left on April 27, 1848 and would spot the mountain known as Kilimanjaro 2 weeks later. This made them the first Europeans to see the mountain.

The next year they published their observations of the mountain only to be ridiculed by the scientific community. Due to the location of the mountain near the equator it was believed that snow was impossible. As such the scientific community claimed that Johannes and Johann were suffering hallucinations caused by a bout of malaria.

Despite this he would work hard over the next 30 years to support the people and spread Christianity. He would build a dictionary for the Nika, Swahili, and Chichewa languages and translated the gospel for the tribes to use. While doing this work he would continue to explore seeing the Great Lakes and Mount Meru of Africa even seeing what will eventually become Lake Victoria.

In 1875 he lost his eyesight and would return to Germany. He would spend the rest of his days near Stuttgart living close to his old friend and confidant Johann.