Archive for Europe

“Crimea & the Hysteria of History”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on 9 March 2014 by delclem


“Well, that was fast. At the beginning of the year, it seemed apt to meditate on the catastrophes of a century past, and on the chance that we might, once again, be passengers on some Titanic of history, with a small flaw in the hull opened by some unforeseen iceberg. And it seemed worth stressing that what had brought the ship down—in short, what made 1914 happen—was, above all, the vulnerability of open societies to the panicked appeal to honor and the fear of humiliation.” >full essay
(c) THE NEW YORKER, 2014


No End of the Cold War for Deer in Germany

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 6 February 2014 by delclem

“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down these herds’ migratory patterns: The barbed wire, electric fences, watchtowers, and heavily armed guards that once lined the Iron Curtain are long gone, but red deer wouldn’t dare jump the border.” >full text (c)ATLANTIC, 2014

“Nationalist Copyright on WW1?”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 17 January 2014 by delclem

“As we are entering the anniversary of the centenary with the outbreak of World War One, controversies over how to commemorate the past are heating up. A few day ago, I published a comment  in the Austrian daily Die Presse on debates and controversies over the commemoration of World War One. As unfortunately these debates are mostly published in German (and Serbian) only. Thus, some key points and links here.” Reblogged text by Florian Bieber, professor of SE European Studies, University of Graz

WWI: “an imperial bloodbath that’s a warning, not a noble cause”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 8 January 2014 by delclem

Matt Kenyon for Seumas Milne on world war one
“Tory claims that 1914 was a fight for freedom are absurd – but then history wars
are about the future as much as the past.”>text & illu (c) THE GUARDIAN, 2014

Anti-Communist propaganda

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 14 November 2013 by delclem

“Horror movies and Weird Tales magazine have given us some beautiful, spooky and unnerving works of art. But if you really want a dose of scary brilliance? Check out the posters that warned people of the evils of Communism. These are scarier, and more beautiful, than pretty much any horror art you’ve seen.”
>photo album (c) 2013

How Europe Went To War

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 30 October 2013 by delclem



How the lamps went out


“Strategy, bellicosity, blunder?

(…) A fresh look at the Great War’s deadly genesis.”

>Review of C. Clarks

bestselling book

The Sleepwalkers (2012)

(c) THE, 2012

“what’s wrong with the modern world”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 20 September 2013 by delclem

Karl Kraus
“While we are busy tweeting, texting and spending, the world is drifting towards disaster, believes Jonathan Franzen, whose despair at our insatiable technoconsumerism echoes the apocalyptic essays of the satirist Karl Kraus – ‘the Great Hater’.”>full text & photo (c) THE GUARDIAN, 2013