Bavaria is the biggest German Federal State by size and has a very long history which is much longer than the history of Germany as a country. Bavaria has changed from an ancient duchy to a modern and very prosperous part of the current Germany. The history of Bavaria covers glorious times (e. g. the famous "fairy tale" King Ludwig II.), the end of its independence (Bismarck's unification of Germany), the dark Nazi years and Hitler's affection for Bavaria as well as the development as a federal state since 1946. We will look into Bavaria's history, society & culture, political developments and economy. A glance at Bavaria's regions will complete the journey. Many Bavarians consider their state "different" to all other federal states of Germany. In this course we will try to discover if there is some truth in it. Possibly it's only peculiarity?