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Eine kurze Kulturgeschichte des Regens oder Warum der Regen der Demokratie hilft
23.08.2017

A Short Cultural History of Rain or Why Rain assists Democracy

In the history of mankind rain, as a cultural phenomenon, has had and still has the most diverse forms and influences: at this point we would like to talk about hydraulic empires, royal...

Das geht auf keine Kuhhaut! – Papyrus, Pergament und antike Bibliothekskriege
02.02.2017

That’s going too far! – Papyrus, Parchment and Ancient Library Wars

In February 2016 Great Britain was shaken by a scandal. To save costs, the dual original copies of new legislative texts for Parliament and the National Archives were no longer to be...

Die selektive Geschichte einiger Seeleute, des Schiffbaus und dem Beginn einer Epoche
04.08.2016

The selective story of some sailors, shipbuilding and the beginning of an era

When Carl Nicolai Christiansen is born on Sylt in 1864, it lasts only two years until the world would take its first step towards the global village.

Historische Speisekarten oder Die kuriose Geschichte der Frank E. Buttolph
30.05.2016

Historical menus or The curious story of Frank E. Buttolph

In August of the year 1900, readers of the US “Hotel Monthly” magazine found this advertisement: “It is of great importance that the menus are well-packed and put between two large...

Bärte oder Wie Luther (fast) den Hasen rettete
19.02.2016

Beards or How Luther (almost) saved the hare

In order to finance the Northern War against the Swedish Empire in 1700, Peter I, Tsar of Russia, had a creative idea: a new tax was needed and so he introduced the “Bartkopeke” (beard...

Das mysteriöse Verschwinden der Wikinger aus Grönland
26.01.2016

The mysterious disappearance of the Vikings from Greenland

Theories on why the Vikings disappeared from Greenland are abundant: they range from epidemics to shortages of supply, from homesickness to climate changes. For a long time, it was...

Schlangen, Drachen und frühe Synthesizer: Historische Musikinstrumente in der Deutschen Digitalen Bibliothek
18.11.2015

Snakes, Dragons and Early Synthesizers: Historical Musical Instruments in the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek

Instruments that are so expensive that their inventors recommend that you build them yourself, Hector Berlioz delivers fatal marketing blows and Japanese dragons. While researching...

Als Osten noch oben war: Historische Land- und Seekarten in der Deutschen Digitalen Bibliothek
04.09.2015

When East Was Still Up: Historical Maps and Sea Charts in the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek

“North is up”: Today’s seldom questioned convention of defining the cardinal direction North on the upper edge of maps and sea charts is actually a relatively young approach...