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Fragments of Power
Neil MacGregor discovers how coins reveal the range and diversity of the Holy Roman Empire
Luther and a Language for All Germans
Neil MacGregor examines how Luther created the modern German language.
Fairy Tales and Forests: The Grimms and Caspar David Friedrich
Neil MacGregor on how the Grimms and painter Caspar David Friedrich shaped German identity
One Nation Under Goethe
Neil MacGregor focuses on Germany's great national poet Goethe, who was born in 1749.
The Walhalla: Hall of Heroes
Neil MacGregor visits the Walhalla, a 19th-century temple to German-ness, built in Bavaria
One People, Many Sausages
Neil MacGregor focuses on two great emblems of Germany's national diet: beer and sausages.
The Battle for Charlemagne
Was Charlemagne a great French ruler, or was he Charles the Great, a German?
Riemenschneider: Sculpting the Spirit
Neil MacGregor focuses on the supreme limewood sculptures of Riemenschneider (c1460-1531).
Holbein and the Hansa
Neil MacGregor focuses on the Hansa, the great trading alliance, and the painter Holbein.
Neil MacGregor focuses on 19th-century uses of iron, from jewellery to the Iron Cross.
1848: The People's Flag and Karl Marx
Black, red and gold become the colours of Germany, and Karl Marx publishes a manifesto.
Gutenberg: In the Beginning Was the Printer
Neil MacGregor examines how Johannes Gutenberg's inventions transformed our world.
Dürer: An Artist for All Germans
Neil MacGregor focuses on the work of Dürer (1471-1528), the defining artist of Germany.
Porcelain: The White Gold of Saxony
Neil MacGregor focuses on how German chemists discovered the secrets of Chinese porcelain.
From Clock to Car: Masters of Metal
Neil MacGregor focuses on the long tradition of German metalwork, from clocks to cars.
Bauhaus: Cradle of the Modern
Neil MacGregor focuses on the Bauhaus school of art and design, founded in Weimar in 1919.
Bismarck the Blacksmith
Neil MacGregor charts the career of Otto von Bismarck, known as the Iron Chancellor.
Kathe Kollwitz: Suffering Witness
Neil MacGregor focuses on the art of Kathe Kollwitz, witness to the suffering of war.
Money in Crisis
Neil MacGregor on the emergency money created to replace metal coins, and hyperinflation.
Purging the Degenerate
Neil MacGregor focuses on how the Nazis attacked art they viewed as degenerate.
At the Buchenwald Gate
Neil MacGregor visits Buchenwald, one of the earliest and largest concentration camps.
The Germans Expelled
Neil MacGregor focuses on the forced movement of more than 12 million Germans after 1945.
Out of the Rubble
Neil MacGregor talks to a woman who cleared rubble from the streets of Berlin in 1945.
The New German Jews
Neil MacGregor discusses why Germany has the fastest-growing Jewish population in Europe.
Neil MacGregor focuses on Ernst Barlach's sculpture Hovering Angel, a unique war memorial.
Neil MacGregor ends his journey through 600 years of German history at the Reichstag.