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WORLD GEOGRAPHY TODAY Red Flag Questions Pages 327-331 CHAPTER 15: CENTRAL EUROPE SECTION 1: Germany By the end of this section, you will be able to answer these questions: 1. What are some key events in the history of Germany? 2. What are some features of German culture? 3. What is Germany’s economy like? 4. What issues and challenges does Germany face today? HISTORY How was Charlemagne? What was the Holy Roman Empire? What was the Hanseatic League and what did it dominate in the Baltic region? What German state united northern and southern Germany in 1871? The World Wars alliances balance of power Who did Germany ally with in World War I? After WW I, what caused Germany’s economy to collapse? What event sparked World War II? When did the war end and how many people lost their lives? Division and Reunification What led to Germany being divided into East Germany and West Germany? What types of governments did each of these countries have? When did East and West Germany reunite? CULTURE Style of government Capital Number of states or Landers Largest state Language Religion What percentage of Germans are Roman Catholic? What are some popular German foods and desserts? What environmental issues are German’s concerned about? How do Germans spend their leisure time? ECONOMY Where does Germany’s GDP rank? Germany is one of the most prominent members of what organization? Describe Germany’s economy. What minerals make Germany an industrial power? How much of Germany’s land is available for agriculture? What percentage of Germany’s population are farmers? What crops do they grow? ISSUES AND CHALLENGES Where is Germany’s largest group of immigrants from? What adds to this group’s isolation in Germany? What impact did Communism have on East Germany? Who are the Ossis and the Wessis? Why is there tension between these groups? What is May Day?