The Brandenburg Gate: Mirror of German History A historical investigation of the meaning and role of the Brandenburg Gate throughout German history

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Cian Münster

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This paper investigates the meaning and symbolism behind the Brandenburg Gate, one of the most well-known monuments in Germany. Two key historical periods and the presence of the gate in these periods; Napoleons occupation of Prussia in 1806 and his defeat in 1814 as well as the period between 1961 and 2000, are examined through their ability to reflect their respective views of German unity and national identity.

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