Berfrois

Consider Their Claw Walk

Consider Their Claw Walk

Aristotle was rarely puzzled, but even he had to admit that lobsters were weird...

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Soviets vs. Nazis

Soviets vs. Nazis

More than seven decades have passed since the end of World War II and what was once part of lived communal knowledge has gradually fallen away...

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Decorating Fragrant Evergreens

Decorating Fragrant Evergreens

Celebrants added nuts, strings of popcorn or beads, oranges, lemons, candies and home-made trinkets. However, widely-read newspapers and ladies' magazines raised the standards for ornamentation...

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Leipzigzag

Leipzigzag

Nietzsche – who had studied classical philology at the University of Leipzig – once argued that the Germans were becoming overwhelmed with the sheer volume of antiquarian knowledge...

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Climate Caucasianism Against the Heavenly Way

Climate Caucasianism Against the Heavenly Way

Eco-ontologists in Japan had long regarded coal-mining activities in Japan by Westerners as an interruption of the human-heaven relationship...

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Wine in Fascist Italy

Wine in Fascist Italy

Wine growers, merchants and industrialists worked feverishly to rehabilitate the beverage's downtrodden reputation...

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Lakota Power

Lakota Power

Lakota power grew from the nation’s cultural adaptability, its people’s willingness - indeed, eagerness - to embrace change, and from its leaders’ political flexibility...

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B. Alexandra Szerlip: iSpy

B. Alexandra Szerlip: iSpy

As a test, thirty painted foxes were set loose on a weekend...

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Redefining the Boundaries of Blackness and Germanness

Redefining the Boundaries of Blackness and Germanness

Mobilizing Black Germany: Afro-German Women and the Making of a Transnational Movement stands at the intersection of questions regarding Black German activism in the post-1970 era...

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Frederick and Falcons in Faenza

Frederick and Falcons in Faenza

Falconry was, by then, a common pursuit. Having been introduced to Europe from Central Asia or the Near East, it had been practised at least since the ninth century...

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Vergilius Vaticanus and the Puzzle of Ancient Book Culture

Vergilius Vaticanus and the Puzzle of Ancient Book Culture

Texts of Greek and Roman literature do not usually come down to us in lavishly illustrated editions dating back to what we term classical antiquity...

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New Unis of the 60s

New Unis of the 60s

The most remarkable feature of the mould-breaking expansion of higher education that took place across the world in the 1960s was the foundation of some 200 entirely new universities...

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Vietnamese TV Post-’86

Vietnamese TV Post-’86

The extensive development of popular television is one of the most distinctive cultural achievements of the post-Reform era...

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Struggle Sessions and Penal Reform

Struggle Sessions and Penal Reform

Political indoctrination became an important strategy alongside moral instruction...

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Was the Glorious Revolution illegal?

Was the Glorious Revolution illegal?

Was the Glorious Revolution even a revolution? Should it be understood as its own event or merely the final chapter in the seventeenth-century English conflict with the Stuarts?

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The Terror and Transitional Justice in the Twentieth Century

The Terror and Transitional Justice in the Twentieth Century

The same radicalizing dynamic, which was predicated on a complete break with the past, also made it very difficult, and perhaps even impossible, to leave certain pasts behind...

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The Grand Danger!

The Grand Danger!

Why was the family heir sent abroad, often when still a teenager, at a time when travel was indisputably and widely acknowledged to be dangerous?

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Liberia, Mexico and Racial Republicanism

Liberia, Mexico and Racial Republicanism

Colonizationism was not merely a part of the debate over wartime emancipation but rather reflected the United States’ race-based imperial ambitions...

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The Anarchy in England

The Anarchy in England

Recent excavations reveal much about the conduct of siege warfare during the Anarchy and its intersection with larger societal trends...

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Animal Trials by B. Alexandra Szerlip

Animal Trials by B. Alexandra Szerlip

Before writing off animal trials as irrational acts of an ignorant and superstitious past, consider some recent examples...

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