Alles begann im Sommer 1916, als 7.000 griechische Soldaten und Offiziere unter dramatischen Umständen in die damals schlesische Stadt Görlitz kamen. Obwohl sie selbst nichts über Ziel und Zweck ihrer langen Reise wussten, wurden sie vom Flügeladjutanten des Kaisers, den örtlichen Behörden und der Bevölkerung als „internierte Gäste“ des Kaiserreiches mit Militärparaden, Musikkapellen und einem Schild mit der Aufschrift „XAIRETE“ („Seid gegrüßt“) begeistert empfangen. Es handelte sich immerhin um die erste deutsch-griechische Begegnung auf deutschem Boden. Und so vermischte sich mitten im Krieg Tragisches mit Menschlichem, die Brutalität des Kampfes mit alltäglichen, kuriosen Geschehnissen, und es kam zu manch bemerkenswertem kulturellen Austausch. Doch der deutsch-griechische „Frühling“ währte nicht lang …
Francia, Band 45
Author: Deutsches Historisches Institut Paris
Der Band enthält 28 Beiträge in deutscher, französischer und englischer Sprache. Die Themenvielfalt reicht von Zürich und den Karolingern im 9. Jahrhundert, der Verwandtschaft Papst Viktors IV., spätmittelalterlichen Kampfbüchern und der Burgundpolitik Kaiser Maximilians über die Elsassverhandlungen auf dem Westfälischen Friedenskongress, die französische Wahrnehmung der Glorious Revolution, Diplomatenkorrespondenz der Frühen Neuzeit sowie den Bischof von Straßburg und den Wiener Hof im frühen 18. Jahrhundert bis zu Geschichtserzählungen in Comicform, einem Einblick in die Archivbestände des Service historique de la Défense und einer Betrachtung der Rolle Frankreichs und Deutschlands in der Weltpolitik seit 1945. Mit Fragen der Vergangenheitsbewältigung nach dem Fall der Mauer befassen sich die Beiträge einer 2017 zu Ehren von Joachim Gauck veranstalteten Tagung.
Aus unterschiedlichsten Interessen versuchten viele seit dem Zusammenbruch des Hitler-Regimes, ihr jeweiliges Bild vom 20. Juli 1944 in der Öffentlichkeit durchzusetzen. Wem galten die Männer und Frauen des Umsturzversuchs als Verräter an der Volksgemeinschaft, wem als Vorbilder für die westdeutsche Gesellschaft? Wer zählte den Wüstenfuchs Erwin Rommel zum Widerstand? Wer wollte seine Karrierechancen in der Bundeswehr verbessern, indem er sich zum Umfeld Claus Graf Stauffenbergs zählte? Warum wandte sich der englische Hitler-Apologet und Holocaustleugner David Irving gegen den Widerstand? Diesen und anderen Fragen spüren ausgewiesene Fachleute aus dem In- und Ausland nach und zeigen, wie kontrovers die Deutungen des Umsturzversuchs vom 20. Juli in der Bundesrepublik waren.
Als langjähriger Großwesir und Außenminister stand Ali Pascha wie kein Zweiter für das Schicksal des Osmanischen Reiches im 19. Jahrhundert. Er hatte das Reich des Sultans vor den Interventionen der europäischen Großmächte geschützt, Russlands Griff nach den Meerengen verhindert und gleichzeitig das Land in die Moderne geführt. Mit seiner Hilfe wurde das Osmanische Reich nach dem Sieg im Krimkrieg 1856 in die europäische Staatengemeinschaft aufgenommen. Den Fortbestand des Reiches sicherte er im Vertrag von Paris – in einer Zeit, in der der Nationalismus das Vielvölkerreich bedrohte. Sein Tod 1871 stürzte das Osmanische Reich schließlich in ein Jahrzehnt der Aufstände und Kriege. Rasim Marz zeichnet das Leben Ali Paschas nach, der von Bismarck, Napoleon III. und anderen Zeitgenossen als Staatsmann Europas gewürdigt wurde.
When Emily provokes Neptune's wrath by finding a diamond ring buried under rocks in the ocean, he puts her under a curse that forces her to choose between being a mermaid or a human.
Author: Annie Proulx
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning and bestselling author of The Shipping News and Accordion Crimes comes one of the most celebrated short story collections of our time. Annie Proulx's masterful language and fierce love of Wyoming are evident in these breathtaking tales of loneliness, quick violence, and the wrong kinds of love. Each of the stunning portraits in Close Range reveals characters fiercely wrought with precision and grace. These are stories of desperation and unlikely elation, set in a landscape both stark and magnificent -- by an author writing at the peak of her craft.
Author: Frank Schirrmacher
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War, a new Cold War is being waged in our societies. During the Cold War a theoretical model of man was developed by economists and the military, an egotistical being interested only in his own benefit and in duping his opponents to achieve his ends: a modern homo oeconomicus. After his career in the Cold War ended, he was not scrapped but adapted to the needs of the twenty-first century. He became the ringmaster of a new era of information capitalism. He sought to read, control and influence thoughts; to predict, price and eliminate risks. Today stock-market trading is guided by him. He uses computer algorithms and Big Data to build up detailed pictures of our preferences and then suggest and sell goods to us. The model has become a self-fulfilling prophecy. We are no longer the masters of our own fate. The Game of Life runs without us. Schirrmacher traces the progress of this extreme rationalization of social life from the Cold War games of the 1950s Rand Corporation to the stock-market trading techniques that brought about the financial crash of 2008, showing how these developments were interwoven with the rise of game theory, rational choice theory and neoliberal economics. The state and politics increasingly submitted themselves to the logic of computerized game theory and an economistic view of the world, evading real decision-making in the process. In this brave new world individuals, alone in front of their computers, may think they are constructing a reality of their own choosing, but in fact they are being manipulated all along by others who are setting the rules of the game. This international bestseller by one of Germany?s most distinguished journalists is a powerful indictment of a way of thinking that has become pervasive and threatens to undermine not only parliaments and constitutions but also the sovereignty of the individual to be the person he or she wants to be.
The Battle of the Silver Helmets was an engagement orchestrated according to the previous successes of the cavalry of Frederick the Great. It was staged so that the magnificently equipped and trained German Fourth Cavalry Division would charge into glory, sabres rattling; instead, 24 German officers, 468 men, and 843 horses were lost during the eight separate charges conducted that day. The entire right wing of the Imperial German Army consisted of only nine cavalry brigades in the Schlieffen Plan, and in the battle of 12 August 1914, two of these brigades were catastrophically beaten. This battle has not yet been explored in the English language because it took place before the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) landed in the Channel ports and well before any American involvement. British historians have also generally focused on Germany s efforts to enter Belgium through the forts at Liège, which are east of Halen. However, the Battle of the Silver Helmets so impacted century-old cavalry tradition that large-scale charges would never again be attempted on the Western Front. Thoroughly researched and hugely revelatory, The Last Great Cavalry Charge is a blow-by-blow account of the moment that the cavalry went from a prestigious, pivotal role in German Army tactics to obsolescence in the face of newly mechanised infantry. It provides essential and moving insight into the wider socio-cultural repercussions of technical military innovations in the First World War.
Accustomed to conducting low-intensity warfare before 1914, the Indian Army learnt to engage in high-intensity conventional warfare during the course of World War I, thereby exhibiting a steep learning curve. Being the bulwark of the British Empire in South Asia, the ‘brown warriors’ of the Raj functioned as an imperial fire brigade during the war. Studying the Indian Army as an institution during the war, Kaushik Roy delineates its social, cultural, and organizational aspects to understand its role in the scheme of British imperial projects. Focusing not just on ‘history from above’ but also ‘history from below’, Roy analyses the experiences of common soldiers and not just those of the high command. Moreover, since society, along with the army, was mobilized to provide military and non-military support, this volume sheds light on the repercussions of this mass mobilization on the structure of British rule in South Asia. Using rare archival materials, published autobiographies, and diaries, Roy’s work offers a holistic analysis of the military performance of the Indian Army in major theatres during the war.
This is the first major study of German attitudes towsrds England during the Great War, 1914–18, continuing the story of Anglo-German antagonism where previous studies have ended. In particular it focuses on the extremity of anti-English feeling in Germany in the early years of the war, and on the attempt by writers, propagandists and cartoonists to redefine Britain as the chief enemy of the German people and their cultural heritage. New material is also offered concerning the development of an extreme rightist network in Munich and Berlin during the war years, which used anti-English feeling as a focus for attacking the supposedly defeatist government of Chancellor Bethmann-Hollweg. Such views formed the background to the disastrous decision to begin unrestricted submarine warfare against England in January 1917; and they also contributed to the ideological polarization of German politics at a crucial juncture in European and world history.
The author recounts how she was arrested after being falsely accused of treason and placed in a Nazi prison while awaiting a certain death sentence
A Companion to Ronald Reagan evaluates in unprecedented detail the events, policies, politics, and people of Reagan’s administration. It assesses the scope and influence of his various careers within the context of the times, providing wide-ranging coverage of his administration, and his legacy. Assesses Reagan and his impact on the development of the United States based on new documentary evidence and engagement with the most recent secondary literature Offers a mix of historiographic chapters devoted to foreign and domestic policy, with topics integrated thematically and chronologically Includes a section on key figures associated politically and personally with Reagan
Imperial Germany Revisited
Author: Sven Oliver Muller, Cornelius Torp
Publisher: Berghahn Books
The German Empire, its structure, its dynamic development between 1871 and 1918, and its legacy, have been the focus of lively international debate that is showing signs of further intensification as we approach the centenary of the outbreak of World War I. Based on recent work and scholarly arguments about continuities and discontinuities in modern German history from Bismarck to Hitler, well-known experts broadly explore four themes: the positioning of the Bismarckian Empire in the course of German history; the relationships between society, politics and culture in a period of momentous transformations; the escalation of military violence in Germany's colonies before 1914 and later in two world wars; and finally the situation of Germany within the international system as a major political and economic player. The perspectives presented in this volume have already stimulated further argument and will be of interest to anyone looking for orientation in this field of research.
Prior to World War I, Britain was at the center of global relations, utilizing tactics of diplomacy as it broke through the old alliances of European states. Historians have regularly interpreted these efforts as a reaction to the aggressive foreign policy of the German Empire. However, as Between Empire and Continent demonstrates, British foreign policy was in fact driven by a nexus of intra-British, continental and imperial motivations. Recreating the often heated public sphere of London at the turn of the twentieth century, this groundbreaking study carefully tracks the alliances, conflicts, and political maneuvering from which British foreign and security policy were born.