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History + Travel

In the Footsteps of the Vikings

The Vikings—they emerged in the North as a terrifying new threat to impact upon the peace and prosperity of 8th century Europe. But what was the motive behind their raids: a lust for violence, poverty or even w... Read More...

The Wonders of Wismar

Sea air, a rich and storied history and the unique and beautiful architecture of this Hanseatic city make it a true German treasure. By Leah Larkin Wismar is often used by filmmakers. It’s no surprise. Wh... Read More...

The Magic of Schwäbisch Gmünd

Explore the land of crusader kings, Catholic defiance, gold and silver. By Peter Vogt It was 29 September of the year 1168, and much of the small southwest German town of Gmünd (named for the confluence o... Read More...


Destroyed by Allied bombing, Pforzheim started anew as the remains of the city’s former self silently keep watch. By James Ullrich Nestled in a valley at the gateway to the Black Forest lies an unusual mo... Read More...

Karl Marx at 200

Looking back at the man who contemplated the root causes of poverty and how class struggle shapes societies. By Robert A. Selig Social historians often characterize the 18th century as the age of poor peo... Read More...

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