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Volksgeist (an alternative term is Volksseele) is a German phrase for a unique "spirit" possessed collectively by each people or nation. The term has its origins in the Romantic era and was proposed by Johann Gottfried Herder, creating cultural sentiments among Germans. However, it should be noted that the concept of Volk ("Folk") and the idea of differences between Volker (plural of Volk) was already present among Germans since ancient times.

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