Archive for history

Understanding Ukraine

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 25 January 2014 by delclem

Questions about the country in turmoil you are probably to embarrased to ask >full text (c) WASHINGTON POST, 2014. Another 10 questions (c) Business Insider


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

“… with all means at its disposal”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 31 December 2013 by delclem

“In 2014, most European countries will commemorate the start of the First World War 100 years ago. Among the numerous publications to appear to date is a book from Carl Gerold’s Publishers, which contains numerous hitherto unpublished photographs.” >text & album (c) 2013



What if… the Germans had won WWI?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 28 December 2013 by delclem

David Cameron at the graves of first world war soldiers in Tyne Cot cemetery in Zonnebeke, Belgium
“With the war’s centenary near, this is not a parlour game. Counterfactual
conjecture allows us to see the conflict far more objectively.” >essay
(c) THE GUARDIAN, 2013;    photo (c) Virginia Mayo/AP:
David Cameron visits the graves of WW1 soldiers in Zonnebeke, Belgium.


Discrimination against Roma traced back

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on 1 November 2013 by delclem

“Discrimination against Sinti & Roma is an inextricable part of their millennium-old history in Europe. The discrimination could be seen as an understandable reaction of the settled population to nomadic strangers. However the Roma and their advocates argue that the nomadic lifestyle is a consequence, rather than cause, of the discrimination.” >full text (c) THE IRISH TIMES, 2013

More: How Racist Assumptions fuelled the ‘Maria’ Disaster >text (c) SPIEGEL,2013

Another article: the Slovak city of Košice as ‘slumdog millionaire’?
>text & disturbing photos (c) THE DAILY MAIL, 2013


The History of VIENNA in 11 parts

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on 6 October 2013 by delclem

Very helpful educational website.  Just click on the link and select one of the languages available: German, English, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, Polish, BCS, Slovene, Russian, Romanian. All texts (c) 2013


1913 – The Year Before the Storm

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 17 September 2013 by delclem

“Can you write a history of the year 1913 and ignore the disaster waiting around the corner? With the centenary of the First World War approaching that may sound perverse, yet it is precisely what Die Zeit journalist Florian Illies tries to do in his new book, which was a bestseller in Germany when it was published there last year.” >review (c) THE GUARDIAN, 2013