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A Consise History Of Germany IMPORTANT DATES AD 9 Germanic warriors decisively defeated Roman forces at the Battle of Teutoburg Forest 486 The Frankish king Clovis overran the Roman province of Gaul Clovis introduced features of Roman life into western Germany 843 The Treaty of Verdun divided Charlemagnes empire into three kingdoms The German kingdom soon divided into five duchies 962 Otto I was crowned Holy Roman emperor in Aachen 1075 A dispute between Henry IV and Pope Gregory VII marked the beginning of a series of civil wars contesting church power 1300s The Hanseatic League was the supreme commercial and military power in northern Germany 1517 Martin Luther started the Protestant Reformation 1555 The Peace of Augsburg recognized the right of princes to choose Lutheranism or Catholicism for their lands 1648 The Peace of Westphalia ended the Thirty Years War 1740 Frederick the Great became king of Prussia and began building Prussia into a great power 1806 The Holy Roman Empire came to an end with the establishment of the Confederation of the Rhine 1815 The German Confederation was formed at the Congress of Vienna 1848 Revolutions swept across Germany The first German national assembly met at Frankfurt in the hopes of creating a more united country 1871 Prussian prime minister Otto von Bismarck realized his dream of a united Germany as the German Empire was founded 1918-1919 Germany was forced to accept harsh terms under the Treaty of Versailles that brought an end to World War I The Weimar Republic was founded 1933 Adolf Hitler and the Nazis assumed power 1939 Germany invaded Poland starting World War II 1945 Allied armies occupied Germany and divided it into four zones of occupation Nazi war criminals were tried at Nrnberg 1949 Germany was divided into East Germany and West Germany Berlin in East Germany was also divided between the two countries 1955 East Germany and West Germany became sovereign states East Germany joined the
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