God. He is omnipresent. He seems familiar to us, yet he remains mysterious. Who exactly is he? What is his ‘life story’? These are the audacious questions the American publicist Jack Miles dared to ask in his book God: A Biography.
In recent years feminist scholars have been investigating how the French queen Marie Antoinette (1755-1793) came to be the object of so much hatred – the embodiment of all the vices of the French aristocracy and the crimes of the French monarchy.
Exactly 2000 years ago, Germanic tribes led by Arminius (‘Herman’) ambushed and destroyed three Roman legions led by Publius Quintilius Varius. By the time the fighting was over, some 25,000 men, women, and children were dead and the course of European history had been forever altered.
Rapid and dramatic new breakthroughs in medicine, genetics and technology, and, quickly changing ethical and legal conceptions of women’s, infants’, and fetal bodies have raised complicated and sensitive new issues in reproductive ethics.
Great dictators and totalitarian regimes coloured the 20th century brown, black and red. Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin and Mao gained absolute power and tried to establish a Second Roman Empire, a Third Reich, real existing socialism or a People’s Republic.
The electoral system in the United States of America is complicated and differs from systems we know in Europe. At first hand it is obvious: two parties with two candidates and a huge electorate. But, do we know exactly what a ‘caucus‘ is? How the Electoral College works?
What has happened in the field of art? How did our cultural landscape change in the last ten years? One of the most important changes has been that the arts and other creative activities have begun to play a role in giving a new impulse to cities or regions.