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Germany's capital and largest metropolis is Berlin, while its largest conurbation is the Ruhr, with its main centres of Dortmund and Essen.The country's other major cities are Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Leipzig, Bremen, Dresden, Hannover and Nuremberg.After the end of World War II in Europe and a period of Allied occupation, two German states were founded: the democratic West Germany and the socialist East Germany.Following the Revolutions of 1989 that ended communist rule in Central and Eastern Europe, the country was reunified on 3 October 1990.
In 1871, Germany became a nation state when most of the German states unified into the Prussian-dominated German Empire.
This in turn descends from Proto-Germanic *þiudiskaz "popular" (see also the Latinised form Theodiscus), derived from *þeudō, descended from Proto-Indo-European *tewtéh₂- "people", from which the word "Teutons" also originates.
The Neander Valley was the location where the first ever non-modern human fossil was discovered; the new species of human was called the Neanderthal.
dutch), descended from Old High German diutisc "popular" (i.e.
belonging to the diot or diota "people"), originally used to distinguish the language of the common people from Latin and its Romance descendants.