Any book tagged with this topic is about the history of Germany or about historial figures who played a part in that history. Germany is a country in continental Europe that was founded in 1871. Prior to this date, what we know as Germany was a collection of hundreds of small principalities and states, most led by separate rulers. Germanic tribes controlled large parts of Europe after contributing to the downfall of the Roman Empire, and were later part of the territory ruled by the Holy Roman Empire. Germany was the principal opposition during World War I and World War II in the 1900's. It has been the home of many famous composers, artists, scientists, and Oktoberfest.