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For the poet Friedrich Schiller,
Germany wasn't a country.

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It was a question mark.

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"Germany?" he asked. "Where is it?
Where?

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"I don't know where to find it."

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The truth is that for most of
its history, Germany was not

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a unified state, but an
assemblage of disparate parts.

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Not a nation, so much as a process.

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For centuries Germany was a construct
of the mind, the creation of writers,

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painters, visionaries.

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That's why art
has always been at its core.

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Reflecting its diverse origins,
German culture is itself a unique

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blend of passion and precision,
exact craftsmanship and the impulsive

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gesture, a love of nature and a
love of the machine,

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a need for escape
and desire for control.

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And I believe that one of the
most revealing ways to explore the

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complexities of the German character
is through the story of German art.

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It's a tale of fascinating extremes.

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From the ghouls and demons
of the German Middle Ages

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to some of the most
beautiful sculptures ever created.

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From the radiant landscapes of
Caspar David Friedrich

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to the thrusting symbols of
Prussian power

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and the abyss of the Third Reich,
where art was twisted into a

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tool for terror.

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It's an often dark story
but ultimately one of hope,

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humanity

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and renewal.

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When the Romans ventured into
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in the first century BC,

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the territory they encountered
was cold, damp, mysterious.

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It was a world away
from the sunshine and

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open vistas of ancient Italy.

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It was the Roman historian
Tacitus who first gave this

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place and its inhabitants a name,
they were the Germanic tribes and

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this was Germania.

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He said the place
bristled with forests.

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He believed the people who lived here
had been fundamentally shaped

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by their own primeval environment,
and the truth is for 2,000 years

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the German creative imagination
has drawn strength from the idea

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and memory of the forest, it's been
the central image for so many poets,

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writers and above all, artists.

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The poet Joha
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