As you know, I’m sometimes a little overdue with my articles.
That’s how I came to history, by the way: I wanted to tell you about something, I don’t even remember what it was. Maybe the first Gulf War or the landing in Normandy. And then, the notebooks were lying around until they gathered dust and current affairs turned into history.
Well, let me turn inertia into a virtue and into a promise to the readers. I hereby solemnly launch a new series on this blog: Once a month, “One hundred years ago …” will tell a story that happened exactly that long ago.
Of course, there are already people doing something similar, but they usually focus on a few old newspaper headlines or the replaying of old newsreels. On this blog, the focus will, as always, be on the bigger picture and the longer arches of history.
Also, all similar projects are usually dedicated to a specific country or a certain major event, such as a World War. I, on the other hand, will combine historical research with travel and report from all over the world.
Granted, a hundred years is an arbitrary number, and we could also look back seventy or fifty or twenty years. But first, many of you already know that time from your youth. Second, it gets more difficult to calculate the years. Third, the interwar period is extremely exciting and – apart from a few key points such as the New Deal or the Nazis – extremely unknown.
I know, the concept sounds rather nebulous and vague now. But in a few days, the first episode will be published, and then you’ll see what I have in mind. December 1920 will be about these daredevil men:
And about a country that no longer exists.
And about Christmas!
Speaking of Christmas: For this project, I am grateful for any support, be it on Patreon, Steady, or in any other way. And I am looking forward to your suggestions for the coming months! This series should not only be about classical history with battles and elections and assassinations, but also about cultural, social, technological and legal history. But if you suggest something that you know more about than I do, I will invite you to write the article yourself. ;-)
These episodes have already been published:
- December 1920: Bloody Christmas in Fiume
- January 1921: Ships’ Cats and Missing Aircraft
- January 1921: Rent-Cap in Berlin (only available in German)
- February 1921: Winston Churchill
- March 1921: Kingdom of Mongolia
- March 1921: Operation Nemesis
- April 1921: Empress Augusta Victoria
- May 1921: Black Wall Street
- June 1921: Åland
- July 1921: Language Dispute in Belgium
- July 1921: Colonial Crimes (only available in German)
- August 1921: Baranya-Baja and Tannu-Tuva
- October 1921: Karl I of Austria-Hungary
- November 1921: Remembrance Poppies
- December 1921: Rhine-Main-Danube Canal
- January 1922: Eugenics
- February 1922: (This untranslatable story is only available in German.)
- March 1922: Nosferatu
- April 1922: Karl I of Austria-Hungary
- April 1922: Operation Nemesis
- April 1922: Treaty of Rapallo
- April 1922: (De-)Criminalization of Homosexuality in Germany (only available in German)
- May 1922: How Germany invented Racism (only available in German)
- June 1922: the Vogl Brothers
- August 1922: Alcohol Referendum in Sweden
- September 1922: Brasília
- October 1922: Greater Romania
- November 1922: Adolf Hitler (only available in German)
- December 1922: the Nansen passport (only available in German)
- January 1923: the good soldier Švejk (only available in German)
- January 1923: occupation of the Ruhr (only available in German)
- March 1923: Lawrence of Arabia
Intriguing start. I like that link to an as-yet-non-existing post
Just three more days!
I noticed that I can include links to posts that are already scheduled (and even those that are being drafted). I know it’s confusing for a few days, but it saves me the extra work of adding them later.
NOW the link is active!
I don’t know nothing about nothin… 😂 I can barely keep up with my lockdown project of writing about my crazy life, forget a guest article. I’ll happily just read whatever you want to publish. I enjoy your writing style and the virtual travels are awesome too. And I always learn something.
Oh, thanks for reminding me that from now on, the days are getting longer again!
Yo también, seguiré con gusto este segmento de tu blog y estaré atenta a lo que toque en Sudamenrica.
Te agradezco por el interés!
Por cierto quiero incluir unos episodios de Sudamérica, pero en verdad no conozco mucho. Si sabes de algo que se pasó en Bolivia o otros paises en el ano 1921, dímelo por favorcito.
Hi Andreas, from the writing on the back wall of the picture posted it seems your 1st episode could well be about Christmas and Fiume: I’m intrigued. I assume you know Gabriele D’Annunzio history. BTW great blog, non always aligned with my views, but very inspirational for detailed debates…I share and have lived very similar passions as yours.
I am glad to have at least one knowledgeable reader with sharp eyes.
I didn’t know too much about D’Annunzio before, honestly, but I have read about him in preparing for this Christmas episode.
And I am looking forward to your comments about this episode, or anything else indeed. Some debates with readers have opened my eyes to things I would have overlooked.