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Give Peace a Chance?

The city of Münster has embraced its role as site of the Peace of Westphalia. For a century or so, the peace was looked down on by Germans (characterized as “Germany’s Shame” at one point), but these days it is increasingly looked to as a model. It makes sense, therefore, that Münster hosted a new …

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Osnabrück Peace Prize

I learned something new this week. Osnabrück, one of the two cities where the Peace of Westphalia was negotiated, was the birthplace of German author Erich Maria Remarque. Remarque, as it happens, is most famous for his novel “All Quiet on the Western Front” (Im Westen Nichts Neues), which has a pacifist theme that runs …

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Happy Anniversary

Today, as everyone knows, is the 375th anniversary of the Peace of Westphalia. 375 is not a much-celebrated anniversary for most events, but when they get that old, you take what you can get. Harvard had its 375th in 2011, and Montreal had its in 2017. I don’t think there’s a good Latin name for …

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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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