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Sigmund Jähn, Germany’s communist cosmonaut

Sigmund Jähn, the first German in space, died at his home in Strausberg outside of Berlin on September 21st, 2019. He was...

The Treaty of Portsmouth ends the Russo-Japanese War

The negotiations between Czarist Russia and Imperial Japan about ending the war they had been fighting since February 8th, 1904, arranged by...

1900: Xenophobia versus colonialism in China

The siege of the Legation Quarter in Peking from June to August 1900 was a desperate attempt to rid China of Western colonial powers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

May 2nd, 1945: Berlin, hour zero

Berlin´s surrender on May 2nd, 1945 and my long stay in Valencia are somehow related.

The biggest battle on German territory in World War II

The Soviets winning the battle at the Seelow Heights cleared the way to the conquest of Berlin.

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160 years ago, the road to Peking was opened up by force

The Battle of Baliqiao between Anglo-French and Chinese forces on the morning of September 21st, 1860 was the culmination of the Second...

Sigmund Jähn, Germany’s communist cosmonaut

Sigmund Jähn, the first German in space, died at his home in Strausberg outside of Berlin on September 21st, 2019. He was...

Spanish government presents its version of civil war history

On September 15th, 2020 the Spanish Council of Ministers approved the Draft Bill of Democratic Memory that will repeal the controversial, very...

Farewell to the Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission

Under the current Constitution of the Republic of China (ROC, still Taiwan’s official name), approved in Nanking in 1947, Tibet and Mongolia...

Bashar al-Assad, a well-educated autocrat

Bashar al-Assad, the second son of former Syrian ruler Hafez al-Assad (1930-2000) and his wife Anisa Makhlouf (1930-2016), who took over the...
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