May 2, 2012 | | Comments Off on

The Hermannsdenkmal (“Hermann Statue”) is a famous monument that resides in Ostwestfalen-Lippe in Germany, placed there after the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71. The monument portrays Hermann, a war chief of the Germanic tribes in 9 AD. This monument represented (and to this day still represents) the unification of Germany (when it was being built it represented the hope for unification) and the idea of nationalist pride throughout Germany. By looking to their ancient past, Germans were inspired to have faith in their country and to fight against foreign influences.

Another representation of German nationalism is found with the Walhalla Temple located in Bavaria, Germany. This hall was erected in 1842 to honor distinguished Germans who contributed greatly to German culture. Along with the Hermann Statue, this hall represents German nationalism and the need for unification.

Jessica Elder


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