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SPIEGEL E-Book: 1914 - 2014. The Disturbing Relevance of World War I
  • Even a century after the outbreak of World War I, its consequences can still be felt. SPIEGEL explored this phenomenon in a recent series, using World War I as the starting point for observing conditions today in a number of the world's regions. These included the role of the United States as a superpower and global police force, the ongoing failure of peace efforts in the Middle East and the as yet unresolved ethnic divisions in the Balkans last manifested in the Bosnian War. In the 12 features, now compiled as an E-Book, SPIEGEL reporters describe the effects of the primal catastrophe of the 20th century that remain present today.
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    1914 - 2014

    The Disturbing Relevance of World War I.

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The 'White Angel': Maidan Heroine Considers Future in Politics

The 'White Angel': Maidan Heroine Considers Future in Politics

April 04, 2014, 02:31 PM

Ukrainian physician Olga Bogomolets became a hero on Independance Square in Kiev by providing medical care to injured protesters. She has become a force in the country and has the potential to parlay her experiences into a promising political career. By Marc Hujer more... Comment ]


Bach to the Future: Fans Want to Rebuild Composer's House

Bach to the Future: Fans Want to Rebuild Composer's House

April 03, 2014, 03:17 PM

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The Unrelenting Ai Weiwei: Show Evokes Danger and Urgency of Art

The Unrelenting Ai Weiwei: Show Evokes Danger and Urgency of Art

April 02, 2014, 06:03 PM

A major exhibition opens in Berlin this week of the work of Ai Weiwei, China's most famous artist. Events like this are the very thing that protect him against further repression at home. The show is packed with moving works that are critical of the regime. By Ulrike Knöfel more... Comment ]

The Digital Paradox: How Copyright Laws Keep E-Books Locked Up

The Digital Paradox: How Copyright Laws Keep E-Books Locked Up

March 28, 2014, 05:29 PM

Many publishing houses don't allow their products to be lent out by digital libraries for fear of piracy. Articles and books by researchers are also affected. Readers are the ones who have to pay the price. By Hilmar Schmundt more... Comment ]

Digital Dairy: Robotic Milk Production Takes Over

Digital Dairy: Robotic Milk Production Takes Over

February 21, 2014, 04:41 PM

Smaller dairy farms in Germany are rapidly disappearing, and with EU quotas on milk production set to expire next year, the process is likely to accelerate. The only way to survive is to turn cows into machines and keep them away from the meadow. By Jonathan Stock and Takis Würger more... Comment ]

Mad King Ludwig? Study Claims Bavarian Monarch Was Sane

Mad King Ludwig? Study Claims Bavarian Monarch Was Sane

January 31, 2014, 05:21 PM

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 ]

Max Mosley: Google Is So 'Arrogant They Do Whatever They Like'

Max Mosley: Google Is So 'Arrogant They Do Whatever They Like'

January 29, 2014, 07:08 PM

In an interview, former racing boss Max Mosley discusses his successful legal battle against Google to filter out compromising sex photos, the fight for Internet privacy in the era of NSA spying and his endless quest for justice. Interview By Susanne Amann and Isabell Hülsen more... Comment ]

Berlin Blunder: Google Maps Brings Back 'Adolf Hitler Square'

Berlin Blunder: Google Maps Brings Back 'Adolf Hitler Square'

January 10, 2014, 10:51 AM

Online mapping service Google Maps temporarily mislabeled a square in central Berlin with its former Nazi-era name: Adolf Hitler Square. Google couldn't explain the error when contacted by reporters but said they were looking into the matter. more... Comment ]

Corporate Wake-Up Call: German Dads Demand Family Time

Corporate Wake-Up Call: German Dads Demand Family Time

January 03, 2014, 03:04 PM

Family friendly policies in German business have been targeted at women in the past, but the tables are turning. Men are demanding more flexible working conditions in order to balance work and family burdens, forcing big changes in corporate culture. By Susanne Amann and Simone Salden more... Comment ]

Robotics Challenge: Creating the Disaster Response of the Future

Robotics Challenge: Creating the Disaster Response of the Future

December 19, 2013, 04:32 PM

Seventeen rescue robots are competing in Florida this weekend, where their task is to clear away debris, break through walls and climb ladders -- a test run for their use in future disaster scenarios. But the humanoid figures are still a little shaky on their feet. By Johann Grolle more... Comment ]