Deutscher Michel

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Der Deutsche Michel (literal. "The German Michael") is a figure representing the national character of the German people, rather as John Bull represents the British and Uncle Sam represent the Americans.

Overview[edit]

Such figures differ from those that serve as personifications of the nation itself, as Germania did the German nation and Marianne the French.[1] He is usually depicted wearing a nightcap and nightgown, sometimes in the colours of the German flag, and represents the Germans' conception of themselves, especially in his easy-going nature and Everyman appearance. In German, Michel is also the short form of Michael, though quite rare today.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eric Hobsbawm, "Mass-Producing Traditions: Europe, 1870–1914," in Eric Hobsbawm and Terence Ranger, eds., The Invention of Tradition (Cambridge, 1983), 276.

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