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date: 19 May 2019

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Geographer Johann Rauw wrote that the German landscape made him think of ‘a great and splendid city with its suburbs, the city itself located within its walls and fortifications, the suburbs without’. The image, an elegant way of evading the muddle of borders, contrasts to his equally vivid image of walking the ‘circumference of Germany, as far as the German language is spoken’, a voyage marked by the cities and regions one would pass through. Place gives one an identity in the world. Knowing place has been a way of knowing Germany for the many hundreds of years in which some concept of Germany existed. The main purpose of this article is to focus on a few narratives and representations of German places that bring together multiplicity and familiarity. It looks at compendiums of places and travels among places in which the inventory of variety constitutes the wholeness of the culture.

Keywords: Johann Rauw, narratives, representations, multiplicity, inventory

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