Germany Memories of a Nation (book and podcast)

Germany Memories of a Nation is an excellent audio podcast presented by Neil MacGregor. In 30 episodes it covers 600 years of German history.
The series is a collaboration between the BBC and the British Museum, where MacGregor is director and which held an exhibition with the same name as the series from late 2014 to early 2015.

Germany: Memories of a Nation – podcast and book

Additionally there is a book that complements the podcast and the exhibition. While you don’t need to listen to the podcast to enjoy the book and you don’t need the book to enjoy the podcast, they complement each other well.
The podcast / book are not a chronological history of Germany but each chapter is focused on the central theme, with a special focus on the cultural memory all Germans share.

A large number of historical and cultural topics are covered from Luther and Goethe to sausages and beer. From Germany’s historical and current borders to national symbols like the Brandenburg gate and the Reichstag.

Both the book and especially the podcast are highly recommended. Even if you know German history well, you will most likely find some interesting aspects you have not heard before.

The podcast was published in late 2014 and is available on the BBC Website and on iTunes for free.

The book was published in 2014 by Allen Lane (an imprint of Penguin Books) and is available at amazon (at the time of writing this post) for about GBP 20 (, EUR 23 (, USD 22 (

Martin's History recommends for Casual, Enthusiast and Hardcore lovers of history

Below you can find my first try at short video review for Germany: Memories of a Nation – the podcast and in particular the book.

Germany: Memories of a Nation – Short Video Review

Germany: Memories of a Nation – Links

  • Germany: Memories of a Nation – BBC Website
  • Germany: Memories of a Nation podcastiTunes
  • Germany: Memories of a Nation exhibition at the British Museum
  • Martin’s History video review on YouTube

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