Dinner with Marx in the House of the Swan

When Jacques Pauwels enters a bistro in Brussels’ Grand-Place, he finds himself under the watchful eye of an illustrious former patron – Karl Marx. As he dines, a great number of stories cross his mind. The historian, author of ‘The ...

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75 Years Ago, the Battle of Stalingrad

75 Years Ago, the Battle of Stalingrad

To win the war planned by Hitler, Germany, a highly industrialized country but lacking colonies and therefore woefully short of strategic raw materials, had to win it fast, before Germany’s stockpiles of petroleum ran out. These reserves, much of which ...

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France’s Passage from the German to the American Era: A brief review of five books by French historian Annie Lacroix-Riz

rance’s Passage from the German to the American Era. A brief review of five books by French historian Annie Lacroix-Riz: Lacroix-Riz, Annie. Le choix de la Défaite: Les élites françaises dans les années 1930. Paris: Armand Colin, 2006. 671 pp. ...

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World War I: “Flander’s Fields,” 1915-2015: Whence the Poppies?

The enthusiasm for war in the summer of 1914 was never as great or as widespread as we have been conditioned to believe. By early 1915, after six months of massacres and with no end in sight, soldiers and civilians ...

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