chapter  7
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West Germany

The German people look back on a long cultural past as a "germanic" nation from the days of Vercingetorix as opposed to the memory of Rome and the Romans. In the days of Charlemagne in Franconia in the 8th century-long before the aspirations of another great Charles (de Gaulle of France) —the German peoples were first united in the so-called "Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation," the memory of which is still kept alive in the stonework of the coronation cathedral in Aachen (Aix-la-Chapelle). This empire lasted with varying boundaries for nearly 1,000 years until the days of Napoleon; portraits of the succession of emperors line the walls of the "Emperors Hall" in the Frankfurt City Hall.