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Meister Eckhart (the thirtheenth-century German mystic) once said, "if you fight your death, you'll feel the demons tearing away your life, but, if you have the right attitude to death, you will be able to see that the devils are really angels setting your spirit free. In the ancient religions, the being who guides the human spirit through the underworld...

Everything is economics and war is indeed no exception. Not many figures will be necessary to remind of Germany's unprecedented economic expansion after her unification in 1871. The following may suffice: Production in coal between 1871 and 1906, quadrupled; between 1875 and 1913, it increased from 48,530,000 to 273,650,000 tons. Production in pig iron, between 1871 and 1901, quintupled. Production in...

A backstory that will in the long run be significant to the story of Rolf Dietrich and Maier files as the answer is the Apocalypse, revealing the hidden. It had long been a staple of Christian apocalyptic beliefs that before the almighty finally wound up the scroll of the created—and fallen—universe, there would be a fabulous golden age, sometimes called the...

Martinmas Have a nice Saint Martin's Day! November was to the ancient Celts and Teutons an important month and round Martinmas (November 11) popular customs seem to cluster thickly. In Silesia when it snows at Martinmas, they say that Saint Martin is coming on his white steed, it might be noticed also the "Schimmelreiter" (The Rider on the White Horse) shows up at...

  “The bank hath benefit of interest on all moneys which it creates out of nothing.” — William Paterson, founder of the Bank of England in 1694   “The idea of a national bank is dead, and will not be revived in my time.” — Zachary Taylor President Zachary Taylor opposed the creation of a new Private Central Bank, owing to the historical abuses of the...

Alexander Del Mar disclosed the "monetary secret of the ages" For thousands of years this mechanism was a great source of power to whoever held it. Elements of the Roman establishment drew great strength from their control over it, until its effects helped bring down the Roman empire from within. Venice's profits from it helped spark the Renaissance. It was quitely...

Mein Flugbuch are the memoirs of the third highest-scoring fighter ace in history, Günther Rall. After Gehlen's memoirs "Der Dienst", Mein Flugbuch. Memoirs  are considerably more than recollections put to paper. What's more, they are more than journalistically composed genuine stories. Memoirs are comprised of two important elements: scene (the story) and reflection. Without reflection, you don't have a "memoir" — you...