April 8th in German History: The Liberation of Crimea

April 8th, 1944, while perhaps a bad day for Germany, was a good day for the world as a whole. On that day, the Soviet Union began its offensive to retake Crimea from the Germans who had occupied it in 1942. The Soviet forces, led by Fyodor Tolbukhin, attacked combined German and Romanian forces underContinue reading “April 8th in German History: The Liberation of Crimea”

April 6th in German History: The Proclamation of the Bavarian Socialist Republic

On April 6th, 1919, the Bavarian Soviet Republic was proclaimed in Munich. Following the First World War, a series of revolts and mutinies within the military resulted in civil unrest throughout Germany. In Bavaria, a state in Southern Germany, King Ludwig III fled and Kurt Eisner became minister president of the People’s state of BavariaContinue reading “April 6th in German History: The Proclamation of the Bavarian Socialist Republic”

April 5th in German History: Lothair the First Becomes Holy Roman Emperor

April 5th is the anniversary of one of the far less known events in German history. On April 5th, 823, Lothair the First was made Holy Roman Emperor. Lothair was the son of Louis the Pious and he ruled along with his father until 840. Louis was the son of the first Holy Roman Emperor,Continue reading “April 5th in German History: Lothair the First Becomes Holy Roman Emperor”

April 3rd in German History: The Death of Johannes Brahms

A few weeks ago, I discussed the life and accomplishments of Beethoven on the anniversary of his death. Today is the anniversary of the death of another composer who, while perhaps not as well known as Beethoven, is still famous in his own right and is still important today. One April 3rd, 1897, Johannes BrahmsContinue reading “April 3rd in German History: The Death of Johannes Brahms”

German History Books that I Recommend

While sequestration in one’s house for weeks and months at a time is certainly frustrating, it does give us a rare opportunity to expand our knowledge of the world. Taking a break from the discussion of German history for a day, I wanted to offer up some books on the subject that I have readContinue reading “German History Books that I Recommend”

April 1st in German History: The Birth of Otto von Bismarck

On April 1st, 1815, Otto von Bismarck was born. Bismarck was, of course, the chief architect of German unification and the most famous practitioner of Realpolitik. Born a junker noble, he first became involved in politics during the Revolution of 1848 when he staunchly supported the monarchy against liberal reformers and revolutionaries. His actions earnedContinue reading “April 1st in German History: The Birth of Otto von Bismarck”

March 31st in German History: The First Moroccan Crisis

One topic that often receives little attention in American history courses are the crises that preceded the First World War but were resolved. The most important of these crises was the Agadir Crisis of 1911 which saw France and Germany clash over France’s Moroccan expansion. That crisis, though, was only the last of multiple MoroccanContinue reading “March 31st in German History: The First Moroccan Crisis”

Economic Recovery and German History

As if the coronavirus alone were not bad enough, we also have to be concerned about the long term economic impacts of the disease and the near shutdown of the nation that is necessary to stop its spread. As a result of the halt of a great deal of economic activity, many companies may goContinue reading “Economic Recovery and German History”

Today in German History, March 27th

Perhaps one of the lesser-known events in German history, but still an important one, is the Hambach Festival. The Hambach Festival was a political demonstration that took place at Hambach Castle in what is now the German state of the Rhineland-Palatinate. It was in support of German Democracy and German Unification. The Palatinate had formerlyContinue reading “Today in German History, March 27th”

Today in German History, March 26th

Today is the 193rd anniversary of Beethoven’s death, but I think that it is important that we remember his accomplishments during his life. Beethoven became a musical genius very early in life due in large part to the rigorous instruction of his Father. His music became well-known early and he was considered a youth protege.Continue reading “Today in German History, March 26th”