BC: The not yet released volume two: coming soon
FC: Culture Around the World Vol. One: Germany by: Maggie Crosby Coach Groves
1: This book is going to Coach Groves! You have worked really hard this year. Thanks for all you do -Maggie C.
2: A is for.... Art The picture to the left is Roman Art and the picture to the right is of Early Christian Art.
3: In Germany there are so many different ways for artists to express themselves. The two ways of art are Roman and Early Christian Art. The earliest that they started was in 509 BC. Roman Art used to be described as "the overthrow of the Etruscan King and the establishment of the Republic" (Crystal). The Roman Art went all the way through time, but faded out in the beginning of the medieval time period. Roman Art was in pagan and even "Christian guise" (Crystal). From these two displays of the arts there were two types of the art, "...the Republic..." and "...the Roman Empire..." (Crystal). The art was also given to the middle class people, slaves, and Roman soldiers. Roman art was not just paintings and sculpture; it was the architecture of buildings. The artisans of the roman art era loved what they did. They would never rush to get a piece done. Once the Roman art went through the Medieval period, "...the emperor Constantine to Christianity..." (Crystal), said this and there came the Early Christian Art. This art was a huge help of increasing the member count of the Christian belief. The only way that you could practice this type of art was in a hidden holy place. The artist wanted their work to lead the viewers to the eye of the piece to focus in on the inner spiritual meaning of the piece, and that the art would teach them more of there belief. In which would explain how the main theme of the Early Christian Art was that "Christ and the Christian as a philosopher...". The Art made its way into the Empire. Were the exterior of the buildings were plain, but once you got inside you would be in a high-class environment. The walls and floors were made of all marble. There was working of metal, hangings of art, and "...sumptuous altar furnishings in gold and silver...".
4: B is for..... Buildings | This building is the Atlantic Hotel in Hamburg, Germany. It is one of Germany`s 5 star hotel. It is in the middle of everything. It is about 8 KM (~ 4.3 miles) from the City life. So not right in the city but close enough for that life style for a fabulous vacation. If night life is not a certain liking it is also close to many landmarks and the airport, 7km (~ 3.8 miles).
5: The town hall in Munich, Germany, the Neues Rathaus, was built from 1867-1908. It`s gothic style is shown in a tower that is about 260 feet high. Designed by Georg von Hauberrisser, there is so much detail and composition to the building that when people look at it, they think that “ It’s a feast for the eyes” (citation). Most of all of its original specialties, the stain glass, the twisty stair cases, the vaulted ceilings and the carved wood work, have stayed intact, even after World War II. This building is one of the most important buildings in all Munich with its beauty, its history and its characteristic Glockenspiel. The Glockenspiel is like a carisal inside the tower. People can tour parts of the building at certain times of the year, and one of those times is actually not a tour but a show. In the March through October months, at 11am, noon and 5pm you can watch the Glockenspiel go. The show consists of two stories in Germany`s history: the celebration on the tournoment of marrige, the Schafflertanz, and the passsing over the plague. There are also about 40 chimes that go off durring the show.
6: C is for.... Communication | The postal service is a huge part of spreading the word. The prices are not very expensive, unless you send something to another country. Germany`s main post office company is “Deutsche post”.
7: In the past there was not much of a technological way of sending out the word. Now there is so much more. 51% of Germans get there news from TV, 22% from the newspaper and magazines_ 6% from the radio. In Germany, enternet is used quit often. Email has just been added, but only in certain service companies. So if Germans want to send email to anybody from around the world or even somebody in a different city in Germany, then they would have to buy the plan with that option.
8: D is for.... Dress | Girls | Blouse | Apron | Bodice
9: This is a Dirdl, a traditional German dress. This outfit is made up of many different pieces, the bodice, the blouse, the full on skirt_ and the apron. Back when they wore these dresses a lot they were manly for the winter. When a married woman would wear one of these dresses, there will be a knot on the apron. The idea of this ensemble came from the outfit that Austrian servents used to wear.
10: D is for....... Dress | Guys | Suspenders | Front Flaps
11: This is traditional Lederhosen, leather trousers. This clothing type was normolly woren in the mountains. Men and little boys wear this clothing. These pants are very laid back. There not highly decorated. The men that really like to wear them are riders and hunters.
12: This is a chart of Germany`s economy from 2004 to an estimated count in 2013 in Germany at the time. Germany is the 5th largest country economy in the world, and the largest in Europe. Some of the reasons that Germany is the 5th highest economy in the world are that Germany has good machinery, vehical, chemicals, and household equitment industries. Germany has democratic problems, a low fertility rate_ and a low immigration rate. | E is for... Economy
13: Germany already has a low fertility rate, so that tells you that most of the overall families in Germany are small. Like said families in Germany normolly have 1-2 children in one family. In southern Germany some households have many different generations. People are allowed to date and marry freely, but about 40% of couples live together without being married. Parents. Different areas have different laws of parenting. For instance, in urban areas single parents are accepted. Kids with non marride parents are treated the same as kids with parents that are married. | F is for..... Family | Weddings in Germany have two steps. The first one is the Cival Ceremony, the day before the church wedding then later that night they have the “Polterabend”, when the couple breaks glass or pottery to scare away the devil from the marrige. Then on the day of the wedding they have the religious ceremony, where two to three children hold flowers and walk in after the bride and groom walk down the ile together, then the couple moves their engagement rings over to the right hand. Marrige and parenting brings death. When a family member dies the family has it sent out in the newspaper, and then the family sends out envetations for people to come to the funeral.
14: G is for..... Government
15: The German government is also known as the “Federal Republic of Germany” (CIA)., which came into power on May 23, 1949. In the past Germany was in controll from the German Empire, the German Republic, and the German Reich. The capital is located in Berlin and the coordinates are 52.31 North, 13.24 east. In the coordinates of Germany there 137,846 square feet. Germany is made up of 16 states, and there 6 hours ahead of Washington D.C. The countries president is Christian Wulff, and the chancler is Angela Merkel. Germany has the same branches as the US, executive, legislative_ and judical branches. The “judical review of legislative acts in federal constitutional court” (CIA). The flag is made up of 3 different colors and in three rows going in the horizontal direction. The colors black, red, and gold were originated from the “Holy Roman Emperor– black eagle with red claws and beak on a gold field” (CIA).
16: A group called the Celts is historically believed to be the first inhabitants of modern day Germany. However in 2nd century BC German tribes invaded taking control of the land and remained a head seat of power through many rulers including Charlemagne and Otto the Great. By the 14th Century Martin Luher and his Reformation had reached its peak in Germany leading to an outburst in the Protestant church. For the following centuries Germany continued to find itself at odds with other countries beginning with the Thirty Years War over the succession of the Bohemian throne leaving the great German empire scattered and broken up. Conflict continued with Germany involvement between Prussia and Austria as well as its three wars against Denmark, Austria, and France. Germany’s history is full of conquest and capture. It as a nation has been involved in several wars including pivotal roles in both world wars. When hearing the words World War ones mind immediately goes to Germany because of its involvement in these two global historic events. The first being World War I and the rise of imperial Germany. However the history of Germany took a dark turn at the end of World War I with an economy in shambles, a government scorned and a nation put on spotlight on the global stage. When Hitler and his Third Reich took control of Germany, the nation saw the rise of National Socialism and its horrific consequences including the holocaust and the Nazi reign. For several years after the defeat of Hitler, Germany remained a split country divided east and west by the Berlin Wall. It wasn’t until 1990 that Germany was once again a united state. Today many Germans respect their nation’s past and their ancestors choices however are embracing the future and establishing Germany once again as a prominent nation both economically and culturally. | H is for... History
17: I is for... Icons | Adolf Hitler | Wagner | German St. Nickolas | BMW | Pope Benedict | Dirk Nowitzki
18: Since Germany has the largest population in Europe it would also then hold a high number of careers and jobs ranging from rural countryside and farmers to the busy ever are changing urban city life and the industrial jobs that follow. Since most of Germany is highly industrialized its major exports being machinery, chemicals, motor vehicles and steel products, the majority of jobs in Germany revolve around its major exporting materials. | J is for..... Jobs
19: People passed on their stories through ledgends, myths, old wise tails, and when a parent or grandparent tells their child a night, night story that will sometimes be there topics. They would also possible do it so that the listener would learn from past events? | K is for.... Knowledge
20: People in Germany speak German. There are many dialects to German depending on the region that they live in. People from different regions don’t even know what they are saying. Many languages branch off from German, including English. | L is for..... Language
21: Germany has “tightened border security”, to stop illeagle immigration. They put up check pint pit stops and then sent people back to Italy, then France and then Germany. EU made up a rule of the “four Freedoms”, which means that they want to abolish the immigration problems abolish US border control that needs to be solved. | M is for.... Movement and Migration
22: In Germany, Nationalstolz or national pride is sometimes looked down upon because of its association with the Hitler and the Nazi regime. So to the majority of Germans statistics show look down upon extreme displays of national pride. However in the past couple of years there has been a change observed in which Germans are beginning to show enthusiasm and pride in their nation. For example, when the World Cup Soccer Tournament was hosted in Germany in 2006 the display of German pride in their team and country was seen more than it probably ever has been observed. | N is for..... National Pride
23: Hamburgere SV Poster Germany is a member of several sporting organizations including its largest the Hamburger SV, a multi sport club based in Hamburg. It is also one of the world’s most important centers for the European Central Bank. Today Germany is still one of the six founding countries of the European Union as well as an active member in the United Nations as well. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization or NATO is also one of the committees Germany plays a part in as one of the 26 member states. Germany is also currently a contributing country to the WTO or World Trade Organization serving to implement existing treaties of international trade. | O is for... Organization
24: P is for..... Population | There is between 82,282,988 and 82,400,000.
25: Q is for.... Quality of Life | Today’s quality of life for the average German is very high. Germans have a great education system in place with a 99% literacy rate and in the work place have higher productivity, and shorter hours in comparison to the average American. There is almost no need for a car or similar transportation in Germany so the average person’s carbon footprint is reduced as well. Clothing and cost of living is significantly higher than most places including housing, clothing and food. The life expectancy for Germany lies in the 79-82 year range and being such an industrialized center, medical care is available to the public through insurance carriers.
26: R is for...... Religion
27: The two main religions in Germany are the Roman Catholicism and Protestant. In the beginning the main religion was Roman Catholicism, until a little after World War II it became that two- thirds of Germany believed in the protestant faith. The way that protestant came to life was that Martain Luther thought that “commercialization of his faith” (Culture). Depending on what region you lived in the different beilefe most common in that area. In the Northern and Central regions was for the protestant area. The southern and western regions there were more of the Roman Catholicism. Now it was not that those were the only religions, there was also the short term church”Confessing Church”, which was for member who opposed the takeover of the Lutheran Church by the Nazis” (sites). Many of these people were either arrested or even executed.
28: S is for.... Statis
29: Since Germany has become united again, the industrial and agricultural sectors have become significantly more dominant than the services sector so today its status reflects just that with industrial workforce being at the top, followed by agriculture workforce and lastly the services sector. Due to its location other than native Germans, Germany is home to other eastern European peoples including Turkish, Italian, Greek, Polish and refugees from the former Yugoslavia. In terms of religion there is a multitude of denominations present in Germany ranging from Protestant Christianity, Roman Catholics, Muslims, and Jews.
30: In Germany if someone were to take their index finger and make a circular motion while pointing to the side of their head it would be considered extremely rude, indicating someone is crazy or nuts. Another cultural taboo in Germany is one should never form a circle with the thumb and index finger. In America this symbol usually means “OK” however in Germany conveys an inappropriate message to others. Yet another hand gesture that is considered obscene is placing your thumb between your index and middle fingers while making a fist. An interesting taboo in Germany is to never wish someone a happy birthday before the date of their actual birthday. | T is for.... Taboos
31: Germany is populated mostly in their large industrial cities. Germany would be considered a largely urban country. | U is for.... Urban or rural
32: V is for... Vacation and recreation
33: People in Germany take their winter holidays mostly in the mountains. Being a very active, outdoor country, skiing and snowboarding are highly popular extracurricular activities as well as sightseeing and vacationing in the surrounding European countries. Since European countries are so close to one another and connected through intricate rail system travel between countries is very simple and stress free.
34: W is for... Ways of Life
35: A typical day in Germany is the transportation to get places. The major railway is the “Deutsche ndesbahn”, also called “DB”. If you want to go to a different cities theres the Autobahnen, meets most of all the cities by train. If you are going some were far there are sit down restraunts in them. If you were taking it in the morning you would get a small meal with coffee or tea, and a roll, Brotchem. If you were on it at lunch time then you would be getting a lot. It comes with a meat dish and with your choose of patatoes or dumplings. Then would come gravy and vegetables. Now if you were on it at night for dinner, then you would get a soup and a cold meat, sausage and for drink adults could get a beer or tea and if you were a child you could get hot chocolate. Kids go to school during the day, and for lunch they get a sandwich.
36: To test weather or not how geography would shape Germany's culture would need testing of the human and the environment around them. | X is for.... X- Marks the Spot
37: Y is for... YUM | When you think of Germany's food you could think beer and suasage, but there are so many other things to eat. Yes there sausage is amazing, but try something different to your palete. Theres apple struddle, sourcrout, pretzels_ and meatballs. Also other than beer, Germany has very good wines.
38: Z is for.... Zuff
39: Many Germans have blonde hair with blue eyes. These are just some of the typical things that you could find in the German Culture.
40: Mrs. Caussey's Bibleography: B: LenR. "Munich Top Sights." Munich Journals. 06 Dec. 2006. Web. 13 Dec. 2010.
41: The End I hope you liked it. :)