Constants and Change: Why you shouldn’t Ask Historians for Advice on the Stock Market.

Some time ago, a friend asked me, which themes and issues I — as a historian — see most significant in the near future. We were then talking about investments and stock markets. Long term financial sustainability. I then remembered a podcast by the U.S. think tank Council on Foreign Relations, where the author, a … Continue reading Constants and Change: Why you shouldn’t Ask Historians for Advice on the Stock Market.

Hitler’s Car Accident – Why Historians Don’t Engage in Counterfactual History and You Shouldn’t Either


“What if Adolf Hitler was killed in a car accident in 1933?” Chances are that at one point of your school or college formation you came across a question that sounded something like this. With me it came up in a high school history class. Little was I aware how superfluous the question was. The … Continue reading Hitler’s Car Accident – Why Historians Don’t Engage in Counterfactual History and You Shouldn’t Either


Of Immigrants and Refugees

Ethnic curds at the Syrian-Turkish border 2015. Photo by John Stanmeyer for National Geographic.  Introduction The history of mankind is one of constant migration. Peoples have always moved, be it for food, violence, or simple curiosity. Looking at the big picture, the recent controversies on the topic of (im-)migration seems all but marginal. Nevertheless, the … Continue reading Of Immigrants and Refugees