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European history European Politics

Trianon: Hungary’s dismemberment after WWI

The Treaty of Trianon, which Budapest was forced to sign 100 years ago, marked the end of historical Hungary.

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European history

The British Army and the betrayal of the Cossacks

At the end of World War II, tens of thousands of Cossack troops and their families were forcibly transferred to the Soviets.

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Asian history European history

The Battle of Tsushima, the beginning of the end for Czarist Russia

At the beginning of the 20th century, declining Russia suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of emerging Japan.

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European history Personal experiences

Adding a personal touch to the Battle of Dunkirk

Two young British soldiers surrendered to my father during the Battle of Dunkirk. Others weren’t so lucky…

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European history World Politics

Dunkirk 1940: disaster, myth and miracle

80 years ago, the Battle of Dunkirk began in the surroundings of France’s northernmost city.

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Asian history European history Personal experiences

Civilizational swaggering in Free China in the 1980s

In the 1980s, people in Taiwan were still proud of their Chinese cultural heritage. Sometimes, I mentioned places in Europe which also have an impressive history, like Cyprus.

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European history

Dark days in the Golden City of Prague

Horrible events took place at the end of World War II in Prague.

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European history

Bleiburg 1945: the beginning of a mostly forgotten tragedy

The atrocities committed by the Independent State of Croatia during World War II are quite well-known, but what happened immediately after it collapsed in 1945 remains mostly in the dark.

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European history Personal experiences

Stalin’s cathedral and other controversial Russian World War II memorials

Due to the current virus pandemic, this year’s WW II Victory Parade in Moscow had to be postponed. The special meaning of this historical event remains unchanged, though.

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European history Personal experiences

Germany 1945: surrender or liberation?

There’s hardly any controversy about Germany’s unconditional surrender in May 1945 anymore, but that’s mostly due to a very selective view of history.