Its long history is intimately
interwoven with that of Europe as a whole.
The Mauer 1 mandible shows that a local version of Homo Erectus lived
here 600.000 years ago, and the fossils of the Neander valley led to the discovery of our cousins the Neanderthals
tribes violently interacted with the Roman Empire, as Varus found out, and sacked Rome twice .
From 1870 till 1945 Germany waged war with France three times and was at the center
of both worldwars, causing terrible mayham to much of the world.
In 1990 the country was reunited, and nowadays
it is the economic and political powerhouse of Europe.