The popularity of Goethe’s novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther, was blamed for a spate of suicides. Frank Furedi argues that it set a trend for manufactured outrage that is with us still.

Recent overviews of the Enlightenment have been pitched as correctives and as having contemporary currency. Ours is a time, so the story goes, in...

The German physicist Max Planck published a ground-breaking paper in 1900 on thermal radiation and ‘unknowingly sparked the quantum revolution’....

Peter Schröder highlights key publications on Germany’s contribution to the history of ideas from the Enlightenment to the present day.

The archetypal image of the Weimar Republic is one of political instability, economic crisis and debauched hedonism. Colin Storer challenges the clichéd view of the Republic as a tragic failed state.

Wagner's opera was first performed in Munich on June 10th, 1865.

In May 1991, just a few months after German reunification, I took a train from Berlin to Magdeburg in the heart of the old GDR or East Germany. I...

The physician died on March 5th, 1815. 

Historic attachments to heroic leadership combined with a mastery of propaganda techniques to mesmerise Germany into acceptance of the charismatic authority offered by the Nazi 'Fuhrer'. 

The past is another country because we do things differently here. Even before the witnesses...


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