Like a wild people in Germany were accustomed to the vaunted German order

Like a wild people in Germany were accustomed to the vaunted German order

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It is known that the Germans are the most prone to the order and discipline nation on the planet. But, on the other hand, everyone knows what a mess and unsanitary conditions prevailed in the streets of medieval Europe, including in Germany. So when the Germans became of the people that spills from the Windows on the heads of passers-by slop in neat and meticulous?

Like a wild people in Germany were accustomed to the vaunted German order

As love of cleanliness and order the inhabitants of Germany was not innate, it had to instill under the guidance of a progressive ruler. It all started in the South-Western part of the country, which was called Swabia. In the XV century, the Governor of the region, count of Württemberg, suddenly realized that this can not go on.

Its fairly densely populated land turned into a real stinking cesspool. The Germans of that time didn't care much about sanitation and aesthetics and dumped rubbish "overboard." In the cities all the waste flew out the window, and in the countryside, in the best case, threw over the fence.

The villages and towns of Swabia was a depressing spectacle — they were littered with stinking piles of garbage, which was crawling bold and brazen rats. In such an environment, the epidemic broke out, one by one, and wiped out thousands of people, but none was associated with health communities, all translating into "God's plan".

Like a wild people in Germany were accustomed to the vaunted German order

Ulrich V, count of Württemberg

Count of Württemberg started with a special decree ordered the inhabitants of the villages and towns to take out the garbage outside the village, or at least to throw into the nearest river. Ought to do it at night so as not to interfere with the traffic in the narrow streets and roads. Of course, no one thought to execute the decree and everything remained as it was.

Like a wild people in Germany were accustomed to the vaunted German order

Then the count thought it over and finally found out. He issued a new decree according to which the responsibility for the cleanliness made a General. The idea was the following: if your neighbor a couple of weeks no garbage collection or throws it right at the gate, punished solid fine will not only he, but also you.

And in that case, if you told a neighbor, but unable not only to avoid punishment, but also to claim a portion of his land, which he so non-farming uses. The result was seen very quickly, because now every Saturday pointedly removed the debris around the house, for fear of the neighbors of informers.

Today, count of württemberg method can be viewed as a promotion of denunciation and encroachment on personal freedom, but do not forget that it was in the Middle ages. Moreover, like it or not, the method was effective and has spread from Swabia other lands of Germany. Tradition "Kehrwoche", i.e. "a week of harvest", when the German carefully tidy your home, a staircase or a backyard plot originates from the wise decree of the graph.

Keywords: Germany | Hygiene | Dirt | Debris | Germans | And order in the middle ages | Cleaning | Clean

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