Buddenbrooks Setting & Symbolism

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Prussia

Prussia was a large kingdom in northeastern Germany. Adept at war and known for their focus on duty and organization, the Prussians, after a series of military victories would lead the unification of Germany towards the end of the 19th century.

Hamburg

A large free city in the north of Germany, one of the main centers of trade and commerce in Germany.

Travemunde

A seaport on the Baltic Sea, Travemunde is a popular seaside destination for residents of Luebeck.

German Unification

Until unification, Germany was a collection of kingdoms and free cities that shared a similar language and history. After the defeat of France in the Franco Prussian war, Germany united as one nation under Prussian leadership in 1871.

Free Town

A German city not ruled by a king or emperor. A city-state usually ruled by some type of council.

Consul

A title given to important men in...

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