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Ancient Silk Road Routes.  Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Peter Frankopan's The Silk Roads: A New History of the World shows why we need to re-vision history
The word revisionist derives from roots meaning "to look again." And since history is an ongoing project, whose main purpose is to help us understand where we have come from and where we are going, we obviously need to keep taking fresh looks at the past as we propose new visions of the future. Obligatory... Read More
Given that it is now nearly seventy years since the end of World War II, you might think that everything about Germany’s Nazi past has already come out. You would be wrong. To this day certain powerful elements in German society have continued to discourage frank discussion of the Hitler years. The point has been... Read More
When Americans travel abroad, the culture shocks tend to be unpleasant. Robert Locke’s experience was different. In buying a charming if rundown house in the picturesque German town of Goerlitz, he was surprised – very pleasantly – to find city officials second-guessing the deal. The price he had agreed was too high, they said, and... Read More
Chutzpah. I believe that's the word for it. Just days after learning the Americans have been tapping her phones and taping her conversations, Angela Merkel has been publicly upbraided by the U.S. Treasury for being a bad global citizen. What did she do to deserve this? Merkel just won a third term as chancellor with... Read More
As German voters go to the polls today, it is interesting to consider their rather self-confident world view – and how sharply it contrasts with the increasing self-doubts that have gripped the American people in recent years. The German economy’s vigorous good health is most obvious in jobs. The German unemployment rate has remained consistently... Read More
Pushing the Eurozone to the Brink
Germany's "failed" bund auction on Wednesday was a real gamechanger. It means that Europe's biggest and most powerful economy will not escape the contagion that's swept across the south. Germany's borrowing costs will rise and it's finances will be put under a microscope. But that's just the half of it. What's roiling the markets is... Read More
In history's first major airborne assault, just after dawn on 10 May, 1940, 71 German paratroopers from Luftwaffe General Kurt Student's elite 7th Fliegerkorps landed from ten gliders atop Belgium's Fort Eben Emael. Huge, heavily armed, Eben Emael was Europe's most powerful fortress. The fort covered an area equal to 70 American football fields, or... Read More
For years, economists said Germany was doing everything wrong. But today it's thriving, even in the wake of the global...
American and British commentators have told three stories about the German economy over the past decade, all of them derogatory. Articulating a standard conservative view, Adam Posen of the Peterson Institute for International Economics in 2006 characterized Germany's performance as "lastingly poor." In a similar vein, Jude Blanchette, blogging for the libertarian Mises Institute, predicted... Read More
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