Century of Violence: What World War I Did to the Middle East

Century of Violence: What World War I Did to the Middle East

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 31, 2014

World War I may have ended in 1918, but the violence it triggered in the Middle East still hasn't come to an end. Arbitrary borders drawn by self-interested imperial powers have left a legacy that the region has not been able to overcome. By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

Mad King Ludwig? Study Claims Bavarian Monarch Was Sane

Mad King Ludwig? Study Claims Bavarian Monarch Was Sane

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 31, 2014

People have long believed that Bavarian King Ludwig II, the man responsible for building the famous castle of Neuschwanstein, was mentally ill. Indeed, he was dethroned for that very reason. But a recent study casts doubt on that diagnosis. By Frank Thadeusz more... Comment ]

Great War Centenary: Britain's Careful Commemoration of WWI

Great War Centenary: Britain's Careful Commemoration of WWI

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 22, 2014

The Great War has long played a significant role in Britain's historical memory. This year, the country is planning several events to commemorate the 100th anniversary and several new books have already hit the shelves. Jingoism, however, is to be avoided. By Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

World War I Centenary: The Symbolic Power of French Victory

World War I Centenary: The Symbolic Power of French Victory

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 17, 2014

The passionate commemoration of World War I is a vital element of France's contemporary national cohesion. But before a momentous turning point in August 1914, the country looked to be on the brink of defeat. By Romain Leick more... Comment ]

Stolen Triumph: Russia Revisits Pivotal Role in World War I

Stolen Triumph: Russia Revisits Pivotal Role in World War I

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 13, 2014

At the beginning of World War I, Russia was a member of the Triple Entente, which went on to win the conflict. By then, however, the Russian czarist empire had vanished and the war was swept under the historical rug. Putin is now bringing it back. By Christian Neef more... Comment ]

Disaster Centennial: The Disturbing Relevance of World War I

Disaster Centennial: The Disturbing Relevance of World War I

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 08, 2014

It has now been 100 years since the outbreak of World War I, but the European catastrophe remains relevant today. As the Continent looks back this year, old wounds could once again be rubbed raw. By Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]

Art Dealer to the Führer: Hildebrand Gurlitt's Deep Nazi Ties

Art Dealer to the Führer: Hildebrand Gurlitt's Deep Nazi Ties

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 23, 2013

Hildebrand Gurlitt, the man who assembled the astounding art collection recently discovered in a Munich apartment, was more deeply involved in the trade of looted artworks than had been previously assumed. He also profited from Nazi injustices after the war. more... Comment ]

'Justice Delayed': A Jewish Family's Fight to Reclaim Its Land

'Justice Delayed': A Jewish Family's Fight to Reclaim Its Land

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 20, 2013

A German-American lawyer and his family have been fighting for over two decades to reclaim lucrative properties lost under the Nazi regime. But he continues to face legal hurdles in trying to restore their legacy. By Steffen Winter more... Comment ]

Britain's Luftwoofe: The Heroic Paradogs of World War II

Britain's Luftwoofe: The Heroic Paradogs of World War II

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 17, 2013

As they prepared for D-Day and the fight against Nazi Germany, the 13th Parachute Battalion of the British Army developed a new weapon: parachuting dogs. One heroic hound would even earn a medal for his service. By Lazar Backovic more... Comment ]

Dresden Museum: Soldiers Confront a Complex Military History

Dresden Museum: Soldiers Confront a Complex Military History

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 17, 2013

The Military History Museum in Dresden has become an important resource for German soldiers, particularly as they wrestle with their evolving role in German society and in the world. By Christopher Alessi more... Comment ]