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On May 14, 1889. leading coal workers meet with Kaiser Wilhelm to settle a strike that had brought 100,000 coal workers off the job in Germany’s Ruhr Valley. This was the largest coal strike in German history, at least to that time. This forced the Kaiser to abandon Bismarck’s repressive policies and introduce labor reforms. […]
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On December 30, 1900, advisors from Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, the college run by Booker T. Washington, arrived in Togo to help the German colonialists institute a southern-style cotton regime in their African colony. This moment demonstrates the globalized nature of the American cotton production economy as it developed after the Civil War, as well […]
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No Victory in Europe

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On June 7, 2018
Trump’s Europe policy is a mess. First, there’s this. And I thought our Ambassador’s enthusiasm for empowering the German right-wing had set a new low in historical understanding… Once you get past these public displays of ignorance, Thomas Wright has a worthwhile read over at the Atlantic that highlights the Trump administration’s shift to promote […]
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Munich, Salzburg, Vienna Bleg

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On February 17, 2016
At the end of next week, I am lucky enough to be going to Munich for a conference. As one does in these situations unless they are making poor decisions in life, I am staying a few extra days, heading from Munich to Salzburg and then to Vienna. Be gone total for a bit more […]

The 16th Century

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On March 14, 2015

Welp, this exists. From 1555. I’m not sure, but I’m guessing this is a Protestant attack upon nuns. Time period certainly fits. As much as I hesitate to ever link to Reddit, there are peop

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