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Wherever Henry the Fowler happened to be. During this period, the kingdom was basically ruled from wherever its king held court. There was no single "ruling seat" per se since the King tended to move around his kingdom a lot, hunting, touring as well as campaigning. The closest is probably the several preferred residences that kings would have had. These ...


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You asked for a major cultural difference. My answer doesn't reflect a cultural difference but a political one. If you follow the link Gesamtergebnisse der Wahlen zum Reichstag und Mandatsverteilung you find maps with the results of the elections of the Weimar Republic. The map for the KPD (communists) shows a strong area in the east of the later GDR. ...


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The existing answers & comments seem to me roughly accurate. Yes, the division of Germany was approximately where American and Soviet forces met. But the border had been agreed some time beforehand and, indeed, the Americans had to withdraw from about one third of East Germany which they occupied at the very end. So how arbitrary was the dividing line ...


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All people are different, but more similar to their close neighbors than the more distant ones (statistically). Of course there are geographic differences between different regions in Germany, which leads to exaggerated stereotypes. However, there is no evidence that East Germans submitted to Communist oppression more willingly that other countries. ...


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A line was drawn on a map during a conference between Stalin, Roosevelt, and Churchill. That line was intended to divide Germany into pieces according to a division of power the three had agreed upon. The line was drawn to follow some natural boundaries like rivers and lakes, and that's about it. Not culture, politics. And not even German politics.



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