November 11, 2018
November 11, 1918: World War I Ends   Veterans Day is an official American holiday that originated after WWI as Armistice Day  and was originally intended as a remembrance of November 11, 1918 when major hostilities of World War I formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year 1918.  […]
March 26, 2018
Early 20th Century Korean literature The two most prominent Korean authors during the Japanese colonial rule of 1910-1945 were Choe Nam-seon and Yi Kwang-su.     “The modern age is the age of power in which the powerful survive while the weak perish. This competition continues until death. But why? Because the struggle to be […]
November 11, 2016
September 3, 2015
This stirring hymn to a fallen comrade, written by German poet Ludwig Uhland in 1809, is still used today by the German military. Original German Text English Translation Ich hatt’ einen Kameraden, Einen bessern findst du nit. Die Trommel schlug zum Streite, Er ging an meiner Seite In gleichem Schritt und Tritt. Eine Kugel kam geflogen: Gilt’s […]
June 8, 2015
The flamethrower has a long history of military use. – In the first century AD, the Greek navy developed a hand-pumped apparatus that shot bursts of fire at enemy ships. – In the 10th century AD, the Chinese employed a piston-driven weapon that sprayed “fierce fire oil.” – In 1915, Germany deployed a Flammenwerfer in […]
September 8, 2014
This excellent 11-part mini-series, filmed for German television in 1984, relates the stories of people living in a small village in the Hunsrück Rhineland-Palatinate region of  Germany through the years 1919-1982. The series follows the citizens of the fictional village Schabbach through the crises of the Weimar Republic, the rise and fall of Nazism, WWII and the rebuilding of Germany after […]
January 8, 2014
  In this 1915 German children’s book the child has just awakened. He tells his mother “I was just in the field and killed all the enemy in some great battle.” She smiles and tells him it was just a dream. But he can hardly grasp that all that beauty was just a dream.    via: […]
February 13, 2012
Unlike Taiwan’s relatively passive acceptance of colonial rule, Korean resistance to Japan’s takeover in 1910 was obstinate and strong. Imperial Japanese reforms, designed to eradicate Korean national identity, were often ruthlessly enforced. A more liberal Japanese government under Prime Minister Hara Takashi (1918-21) began to address civil rights in its colonies, but Hara was assassinated by a […]
July 26, 2011
The American Legion prepares to hit a ball labeled “Bolshevism” with a rifle butt labeled “100 per cent Americanism.” He stands above a quote from Theodore Roosevelt Jr.: “Don’t argue with the reds; go to bat with them and go to the bat strong!” Many white Americans disapproved of the multicultural, consumer-oriented culture of the […]

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