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

Welcome!

Dear reader, welcome to The Past in Present - A Contemporary Middle Eastern Project. The goal of this website is to promote research on the modern Middle East across the scientific fields. This is a humble beginning where I share my current and former projects on the topic and present some useful information and links … Continue reading Welcome!