In the previous article of this series, we left off having noted Germany’s insane dedication to preserving monuments stemmed, in part, from the country’s burgeoning national identity. Germany has over one million listed historical places and, as of the time of this article, 44 UNESCO World Heritage sites — more than double the number in the USA. One might say that the German national trust and the US congress perform similar functions: unfathomable amounts of money go to old, institutionalized figures, which at times can give the impression of not doing anything to better the country (*cough* Susan Collins).


Rose Campion

Musicologist and historian studying at the University of Oxford.

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