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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...

An enigmatic depiction of the golden fleece quest: an Athenian Red-figure cup discovered in 1834 and attributed to the Athenian painter Douris (c. 480 BC) shows in its interior the goddess Athena who watches as a huge serpent disgorges a man, alive. Behind them is a tree with a ram’s skin in its branches. These clues assure us that 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...

At first sight, you may have thought Maier files is just a comic, think again! The universe is as it is whether we like it or not. The sole question is, when proof shows the world out of accord with cherished beliefs, will we be humble enough to simply accept it? Somewhere behind all the myths and all legends there is an...