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Germany (639)

  • 300

    Migration of Germanic Tribes

    Migration of Germanic Tribes
    Germanic Tribes begin to migrate into the Roman Empire.
  • Period: 300 to

    Modern Germany

  • 455

    The Merovingians Rule Germany

    The Merovingians Rule Germany
    Childerich rules Northern Gaul and ushers in roughly 280 years of Frankish rule that lasts through Charlemagne.
  • 481

    Charlemagne's Rise to Power

    Charlemagne's Rise to Power
    Charlemagne becomes ruler of the Franks
  • Period: Jul 31, 768 to Jan 28, 814

    Charlemagne's Rule

  • Dec 25, 800

    Holy Roman Emperor

    Holy Roman Emperor
    Charlemagne
    Charlemagne is coronated as Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Leo III.
  • Aug 3, 843

    The Treaty of Verdun

    The Treaty of Verdun
    Treaty of Verdun
    The Birth Certificate of Modern Europe.
  • Jan 1, 919

    Saxon Dynasty

    The Saxon Dynasty is in power from 919-1024.
  • Jan 1, 1024

    Salian Dynasty

    The Salian Franks succeed the Saxon Dynasty and rule until 1255.
  • Jan 1, 1138

    Hohenstaufen Dynasty

    Hohenstaufen Dynasty
    Ruled from 1138-1254.
  • Aug 1, 1348

    The Black Death

    The Black Death
    A plague carried in rats from Asia, killing between 30 and 60 percent of Europe's population in the 14th Century
  • Aug 13, 1517

    Martin Luther

    Martin Luther
    Martin Luther leads the Reformation.
  • Sep 25, 1555

    Peace of Augsburg

    Peace of Augsburg
    Peace of Augsburg
    Treaty signed for the purpose of increasing religious tolerance.
  • The 30 Years War

    The 30 Years War
    30 Years War
    "The Trauma of the Germans" finally comes to an end in 1648 with the Treaty of Westphalia.
  • Frederick becomes King

    Frederick becomes King
    King of Prussia
    Frederick becomes the first King of Prussia and initiates Prussian expansion.
  • The War of Austrian Succession

    The War of Austrian Succession
    King George's War
    Also known as the Silesian Wars or King George's War.
  • France defeats Prussia

    France defeats Prussia
    Confederation of the Rhine
    France defeats Prussia under the leadership of Napoleon who establishes the Confederation of the Rhine.
  • Congress of Vienna

    Congress of Vienna
    Congress of Vienna
    Established German Confederacy made up of 39 German States (Reduced from 300).
  • Napoleon is defeated

    Napoleon is defeated
    WaterlooNapoleon is defeated at the battle of Waterloo
  • German Revolution

    German Revolution
    German Revolution 1848
    Citizens take to the streets to demand political reforms and basic rights.
  • Otto Von Bismarck

    Otto Von Bismarck
    Bismarck
    Otto Van Bismarck becomes Prime Minister of Prussia.
  • Franco Prussian War

    Franco Prussian War
    Franco Prussian War
    Germans defeat France and receive Alsace and Lorraine. The war also unifies Germany under William I and Otto von Bismarck.
  • William I becomes Emperor

    William I becomes Emperor
    King William I becomes Emperor and makes Otto von Bismarck his Chancellor.
  • Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand assassinated

    Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand assassinated
    Arch DukeThe Arch Duke is assassinated in Sarajevo, creating the catalyst for WWI.
  • The start of World War I

    The start of World War I
    WWIThe assassination of Arch Duke Ferdinand sets War in motion.
  • End of World War I

    End of World War I
    The Treaty of Versailles officially ends World War I.
  • Weimer Republic

    Weimer Republic
    Weimar Republic
    The Weimar Republic is created and a new Constitution is written.
  • Hindenburg Leadership

    Hindenburg Leadership
    Hindenburg
    Paul Von Hindenburg served as the second President of the Weimar Republic
  • Hitler Becomes Chancellor

    Hitler Becomes Chancellor
    Paul Von Hindenburg appoints Hitler as Chancellor.
  • Hitler becomes fuhrer of the Third Reich

    Hitler becomes fuhrer of the Third Reich
    Hitler appoints himself of Fuhrer of the Third Reich.
  • Nuremberg Laws

    Nuremberg Laws
    Nuremberg Laws
    Antisemetic laws passed by the Nazi party in Germany.
  • Olympics

    Olympics
    1936 Berlin OlympicsSummer Olympics held in Berlin
  • Hindenberg Crash

    Hindenberg Crash
    HindenburgThe zeppelin known as the Hindenburg bursts into flames and crashes in Lakehurst, NJ.
  • Invasion of Poland

    Invasion of Poland
    Invasion of Poland
    The invasion of Poland marks the beginning of the second World War.
  • German Aggression

    German Aggression
    German aggression leads to the occupation of European nations such as Denmark, Belmium, and France.
  • Hitler dies

    Hitler dies
    Adolf Hitler commits suicide, Germany surrenders, and Germany becomes divided.
  • German Surrender

    German Surrender
    WWII is over.
  • Two Germanies

    Two Germanies
    The divide creates two Germanies: A communist East Germany and a democratic West Germany.
  • European Coal and Steel Community

    European Coal and Steel Community
    EU
    Germany is a founding member of what will ultimately evolve into the European Union.
  • Berlin Wall Erected

    Berlin Wall Erected
    The Berlin Wall is build to divide Eastern and Western Germany.
  • Berlin Wall Falls

    Berlin Wall Falls
    Ronald Reagan
    The Berlin Wall is taken down.
  • Unified Germany

    Unified Germany
    East and West Germany and reunited.
  • The Euro

    The Euro
    German currency changes from the Deutsche Mark to the Euro