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European barbarianism in China: ruining the Old Summer Palace

The Second Opium War (October 8th, 1856-October 24th, 1860) was successfully fought by the British and the French Empire against Imperial China...

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...

The “Hun speech” as an early example of political propaganda

The alleged “Hun speech“ by the German Kaiser is a sad example of how manipulated words lead to disastrous consequences.

Edgar Snow, pioneering apologist of the Mao cult

Edgar Snow’s groundbreaking book Red Star over China from 1937 remains tarnished by its one-sidedness.

Summer 1940: Germany occupies the British Channel Islands

The Islands of Alderney, Guernsey, Herm, Lihou and Sark went through five years of German rule during World War II.

Dunkirk 1940: disaster, myth and miracle

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

In memoriam Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew (1923-2015) was the father of modern Singapore. This is a translated and updated version of an obituary authored by me, published in the German weekly Preußische Allgemeine Zeitung on the 4th of April 2015.

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An epic struggle between good and evil in Spain?

The man that decisively shaped twentieth-century Spain for almost four decades, Generalissimo Francisco Franco, died peacefully on November 20th, 1975 in a...

Spain’s astonishing rise from the ashes after the civil war

After the end of the three-year-long Spanish Civil War on April 1st, 1939, reconstruction under Generalissimo Francisco Franco began quickly and virtually...

November 20th, 1975: Arias Navarro announces Franco’s death

45 years ago on November 20th, 1975, the man that had shaped Spain for almost four decades, Generalissimo Francisco Franco, died in...

Bars or clinics? Different priorities in Spain and Taiwan

Spain is well-known for its amazing number of bars, which have little in common with those in the United States. They are...

The world’s biggest free-trade deal signed virtually in Hanoi

On November 15th, 2020 Burma, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam as well as Australia, China, Japan,...
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