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I guess there’s nothing really wrong with granting UNESCO World Heritage status to the German beer purity laws. I mean, whatever, I guess laws holding back the development of more interesting beer is some kind of heritage. But let’s not overstate the case here: “If Germany is still regarded as the undisputed beer nation, that […]

Freshmen

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On August 27, 2013

Freshmen in the 15th century had it rough: “Statute Forbidding Any One to Annoy or Unduly Injure the Freshmen. Each and every one attached to this university is forbidden to offend with insult,

But They’re STEALTHY!

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In Robert Farley
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On October 22, 2011
From the “We are presenting a united front on Greek auster… wait, France?  What the fuck are you doing?” file: German industry and politicians have attacked a proposed French warship deal with the near-bankrupt Greek government, according to the magazine Spiegel. State-owned French naval shipyard DCNS is offering to deliver up to four new stealth […]

East German Westerns

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On June 3, 2011

In the comments to yesterday’s post on German Civil War reenactors, people mentioned Germans’ love of westerns. This reminded of the remarkable box set released by First Run Features a few

On Post-War Settlements

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In Robert Farley
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On October 9, 2010
Quiggin on the end of the Great War: Despite the emergence of the ever-present nuclear menace, 1945 marked the low point of the 20th century in many ways. At least on the Western side, the peace settlement was far less draconian, and far more successful, than that of 1919. And, for several decades after the […]

Valkyrie

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On July 2, 2010

I finally watched Valkyrie this week, and I ended up liking it a lot more than I expected. Unlike many critics, I thought that Cruise did a solid job as Stauffenberg; within the parameters of the film

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