Congo: The Epic History of a People, by David van Reybrouck

While I actually have an MA in Global History, I have to admit that I mostly focused on Eastern European history (Central Europe, the Balkans, and Russia), and woefully neglected the entire rest of the world. There’s no shame in admitting ignorance, though, if you’re ready to widen your horizons! Phil’s dad gave us, amongst…

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Travel Diary: Vienna, Once More (Food & Culture)

I’m back from Vienna! It was a great trip. I managed to balance work and free time well: I photographed every document I wanted in the archive, and still had ample time to explore the city! I’m not sure if anyone is interested in this, but this is how my workspace looked in the archive.…

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April Books: I’m on a mystery binge

14) Friedrich Ebert. ParteifĂĽhrer, Reichskanzler, Volksbeauftragter, Reichspräsident, Peter-Christian Witt I recently got accepted for a stipend from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (which I’m so happy and grateful for, because I struggled being unable to contribute my share financially before). The foundation sent me this biography together with the stipend agreement. Friedrich Ebert is the first…

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March Books: Stefan Zweig, how to clean your house, and some PhD stuff

I got some reading done this month! (Three of those books are admittedly context reading for my thesis, but I’m counting them because I read them cover to cover.) It’s super motivating to see that stack of books! Sometimes I need to force myself to sit down and just read for a couple of minutes,…

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