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New Videos and Books

After nearly a year, I finally finished editing and releasing another video, “The Habsburg Dynasty in 5 Minutes.” I also rewatched the video “The Peace of Westphalia: The Setting,” which is actually just me reading a couple of pages (some of my favourite pages, of course) from my book, and decided that it was better …

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Riding Stick Horses

I recently learned that there is a tradition of children riding stick horses in Osnabrück on October 25th, as though they were spreading news of the peace.  This has the wonderful German name of Steckenpferdreiten. The “Peace Rider” (Friedensreiter) is indeed a figure from the Peace of Westphalia, and the inspiration for the post horn that …

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Somaliland

If you’re like me, when you saw the title of this post you wondered, “Has the country of Somalia changed its name?” But, no, Somaliland is not an alternative name for Somalia, but rather the name for a region that is fighting for independence from Somalia (see map at right). I do not intend this …

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