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Encyclopedia > Germanic people

The term Germanic peoples may refer to:

...and their associated diasporas across the world, chiefly in the Americas, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.


Assimilated Germanics

From the Migrations Period and forth, Germanic peoples are often referred to as quick to assimilate into foreign cultures. Established examples include the romanized Norsemen in Normandie, and the societal elite in medieval Russia among whom many were the descendents of slavified Norsemen (a theory, however, contested by some Slavic scholars in the former Soviet Union, who name it the Normanist theory).


The islands of Great Britain are similarly considered an example of assimilation, where Norsemen and other Germanics have assimilated with Celts; but where also a romanizing influence has been considerable.


Scotland is a country of mixed Germanic and Celtic culture; while the Scottish Highlands and Galloway are more Celtic and akin to Celtic Ireland in its culture and Scottish Gaelic language, the Scottish Lowlands share their culture and language closely with its neighbour to the south and other Germanic peoples, speaking the Scots language. The Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands, though a part of Scotland, are Scandinavian in culture, though they no longer speak their native language Norn.


Ireland is also a country of mixed Germanic and Celtic culture, but for different reasons than Scotland. As with Scotland, Ireland had much Scandinavian settlement, both in Viking and Anglo-Norman colonies. Through centuries of British dominance, many parts of Ireland gradually developed a character that was more British than native Celtic, particularly in Ulster and Leinster.


France saw a great deal of Germanic settlement, and even its namesake the Franks were a Germanic people. And entire regions of France (such as Alsace, Burgundy and Normandy) were settled heavily by Germanic peoples, contributing to their unique regional cultures and dialects. But most of the languages spoken in France today are Romance languages, while the people have a heavy Gallic substratum that predates Latin and Germanic settlement.


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NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Germanic people (658 words)
Scotland is a country of mixed Germanic and Celtic culture; while the Scottish Highlands and Galloway are more Celtic and akin to Celtic Ireland in its culture and Scottish Gaelic language, the Scottish Lowlands share their culture and language closely with its neighbour to the south and other Germanic peoples, speaking the Scots language.
The Germanic tribes pushing south encountered the Romans at a period in their history that they were expanding north of the alps, setting in motion one of the titanic confrontations in history and one which was not completely resolved until World War II.
The stuggle of the Romanized Celts and Germanic tribes appears to to be the genesis of the Arthurian legend.
Germanic peoples information - Search.com (2892 words)
The Germanic peoples are the nations speaking Germanic languages, idioms descended from Proto-Germanic (spoken during the final centuries BC, the Pre-Roman Iron Age of Northern Europe).
The concept of "Germanic" as a distinct ethnic identity was hinted at by the early Greek geographer Strabo [1], who distinguished a barbarian group in northern Europe similar to, but not part of, the Celts.
The Germanic culture grew to the southwest and southeast, without sudden breaks, and it can be distinguished from the culture of the Celts inhabiting the more southerly Danube and Alpine regions during the same period.
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