Essay on Cultural Analysis : The Federal Republic Of Germany
Overall, Germany is a highly educated, punctual, country with a strong basis of family, state and country pride and a rich, if bloody, history. With a Federal Democracy based in equal parts on the governments of the United States and Great Britain, Germany holds the dignity and rights of its’ people at the forefront of its’ national and international policy.
A Brief History:
Made up of sixteen Länder or states, the country has had a major part to play in both World Wars. After its defeat in 1945, and the dissolution of the Nazi Regime, Germany was divided between the four main Allies: Great Britain, France, America, and the Soviet Union. This resulted in a clear division through the country, particularly visible within the city of Berlin with the building of the Berlin Wall in 1949; which limited, if not prohibited free trade from occurring. Western Germany was highly successful in the years following the war, and at reunification of the country in 1989, was the richest country in Europe. Due to the isolating effects of the Iron Curtain and Soviet Communist rule, Eastern Germany was throughly behind the rest of the world and Western Germany spent billions modernizing and reunifying the country and its people (3).
Today Germany stands as one of the richest countries in the European Union, and ranks number four in the World Economic Forum’s most competitive economies in the world (22).