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ICI FINIT LA CVLTVRE ALLEMANDE

On this day one hundred years ago, Imperial German soldiers who had peacefully arrived in the Belgian city of Leuven (Fr: Louvain), having taken hostages and accepted the parole of its mayor on behalf of its citizens, without warning set fire to the city and massacred its inhabitants forever altering the city, its university's library, and the course of the war.
  • Belgian Judicial Report on the Sacking of Louvain in August 1914
  • The destruction and rebuilding of the Louvain Library: claim and counterclaim
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    posted by Blasdelb on Aug 25, 2014 - 13 comments

    WWI in Color

    World War I in Color is a documentary designed to make the Great War come alive for a 21st-century audience. The events of 1914-18 are authoritatively narrated by Kenneth Branagh, who presents the military and political overview, while interviews with historians add different perspectives in six 48 minute installments annotated within. [more inside]
    posted by Blasdelb on Oct 31, 2013 - 60 comments

    You eat too fast, and I understand why your antidyspeptic pill-makers cover your walls, your forests even, with their advertisements.

    In 1891 author and lecturer ”Max O’Rell” (being the pen name of one Léon Paul Blouet) published an amusing account of his travels through the States and Eastern Canada - "A Frenchman In America" - that, along with the charming illustrations, reflect on then popular national stereotypes and character and is presented on Project Gutenberg in its entirely. (via)
    posted by The Whelk on Jul 7, 2012 - 16 comments

    A G.I.'s WWII Memoir

    Robert F. Gallagher served in the United States Army's 815th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion (Third Army) in the European Theater during WWII. He has posted his memoir online: "Scratch One Messerschmitt," told from numerous photos he took during the war and the detailed notes he made shortly afterwards. [more inside]
    posted by zarq on Nov 23, 2010 - 7 comments

    Lest we forget

    "A pious, peaceful man, York had fought his country's enemy only after great deliberation and had to be convinced that war was sometimes necessary."1 On this day let us remember Sergeant York.
    1 Celluloid Soldiers: The Warner Bros. Campaign Against Nazism By Michael E. Birdwell.
    posted by unliteral on Nov 11, 2010 - 14 comments

    Welcome to the Evil Federated Empire of Europe

    Europe according to... is a project to map stereotypes of European countries according to other countries and groups of people. [more inside]
    posted by desjardins on Sep 22, 2010 - 57 comments

    Derrida

    Derrida's legacy, "For a justice to come." An uninterpretation.
    posted by semmi on Oct 11, 2004 - 8 comments

    Tocqueville And America

    The Man Who Best Understood America Was A French Aristocrat: If there's a book which manages to grow better and more pertinent with every passing year, it's Tocqueville's fascinating, prescient and utterly apposite Democracy in America. Of how many other books could you safely say every American and European should read it and know beforehand they will enjoy it and learn from it? Of none.
    posted by MiguelCardoso on Jul 2, 2004 - 21 comments

    Think We Can (French) Kiss and Make Up?

    Think We Can (French) Kiss and Make Up? Two years ago it was "I'll always love and support you". It only took a little while, though, before the arguments began. But there are always counselors to help you work on the relationship. There is even talk of reconciliation. And anyway, this love-hate relationship has been going on for almost three centuries.
    posted by twsf on Sep 11, 2003 - 10 comments

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