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Crowds on top of the Berlin Wall, 10 November 1989 © Tom Stoddart/Getty Images.

The fall of the Berlin Wall was as much about beginnings as it was about endings. Out of the rubble came a new hope: techno music.

Columbus House on Potsdamer Platz in East Berlin burning after the demonstrations and riots, 17 June 1953. (Getty Images)

The East German Uprising of 1953 was the first major revolt to take place in the Soviet Bloc.

West German Chancellor, Konrad Adenauer, makes his farewell speech before resigning from office on 15 October 1963, with Willy Brandt, Chancellor 1969-74, on his left.

How did Germany’s postwar politicians deal with the legacy of Nazism and defeat?

East German Trabant 601 Limousine.

Though fast-faced and refreshingly different, this short study of Germany is more political manifesto than historical analysis.

As Holocaust survivors die, new approaches are required to tell their history, as shown in this unsentimental, emphatic account of the inhabitants of a Berlin street.

In the interwar period, France and Germany worked towards an integrated Europe.  

Woodcut of Henry IV from the Nuremberg Chronicle, 1493. Copyright aka-images

Looking beyond the usual rogues’ gallery of historical figures can help us to better understand the past.

The popularity of Goethe’s novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther, was blamed for a spate of suicides. It set a trend for manufactured outrage that is with us still.

Weimar's statue of the poets and dramatists Goethe (left) and Schiller.

Peter Schröder highlights key publications on Germany’s contribution to the history of ideas from the Enlightenment to the present day.

The archetypal image of the Weimar Republic is one of political instability, economic crisis and debauched hedonism. Colin Storer challenges the clichéd view of the Republic as a tragic failed state.