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Unformatted text preview: The Germanic Tribes • Movement ca 1000 BC o West Germanic Tribes Began to push into Central Europe in what is today Germany and the Slavic nations bordering it The celts who previously ruled that land were pushed slowly south and westward o East Germanic Tribes Moved into eastern areas, displacing Slavic peoples and eventually into Baltic States and Southeast Russia o North Germanic Tribes Remained in Scandinavia at the time • Germans in Central Europe [1 st century AD] o Alemanni o Saxons o Burgundians o Franks • Old Germanic Culture o Germanic tribes never had a written language or alphabet until christianized o Julius Ceaser o Tacitus Great Roman writer Romantic view of Germanic culture Praises Germans for their bravery in war, bold and hard life to which their sons were bred, their deep respect of women, and their faithful conduct and kindness to strangers • Values of “natural people” • Natural virtue or strength against Romans Criticizes them for drinking to much to which their feasts often end in riot and their fondness of gambling to which they would gamble their freedom away o Missionaries • Romantic Views of Culture o Arminius [Hermann] In 9 AD he unified Germanic tribes and defeated the Romans in the Teutoberg Forest Becomes hero because of the unification of the Germanic tribes versus the Roman Empire o Karl Savigny Famous philosopher (law) Pushed for a modern Germany with laws based on custom rather a “decadent” Roman Law • Decadent Roman law was a universal code of what was right versus wrong • Richard Wagner o Composer (specifically of opera) o Wrote “What is German?” Written in 1865 Published in 1878 Germany was unified in 1870 o ‘Deutsch’ Denotes those who continued to speak their original mother tongue [true...
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2012 for the course GERMAN 2310 taught by Professor Ireton during the Spring '08 term at Missouri (Mizzou).
- Spring '08