Tag Archives: History

Historical topics

Munich Friedensengel

Close to Munich’s Villa Stuck is the famous Friedensengel monument (Angel of Peace), built 1896–99 to celebrate 25 years of peace between France and Germany following the Franco-Prussian war of 1870–71. Equivalent pictures were originally attached to the linked Villa Stuck gallery but I wasn’t happy with them, so here’s another take with the Sony […]

Metten & Osterhofen

In June and July 2014, I took a few iPhone 5s pictures of two splendid baroque church buildings in the vicinity of Passau, the Metten monastery and the Asam basilica in Osterhofen. While no comparison to the Sony Alpha 7R, the iPhone 5s camera delivers a surprising amount of brightness and detail. I created a […]

Passau Ilzschleife

The extensive gallery you find at the bottom of this post combines two older expeditions in August and September 2014. The original Google Photos galleries had been linked in my initial review of the Sony Alpha 7R which I first used on these trips. However, that review was already quite long so while moving the […]

BNM Armor & Weapons

The Bavarian National Museum in Munich (English overview) holds a vast store of Bavarian and European art and other cultural artifacts. One of its rooms displays late medieval and early modern armor and weapons. A few days ago I took pictures of the most interesting items, which is really most of them – it’s a […]

Munich Jagdmuseum

Last September I visited Munich’s Deutsches Jagd- und Fischereimuseum (German Museum for Hunting and Fishing) and took pictures of some unusual exhibits. When I went to the Museum Starnberger See this January, I realized that its excellent model of the huge Bucentaur lake galley was likely the same one depicted in a Jagdmuseum painting, so […]

Religion & Life Strategy

The nature and dynamics of world religions by Nicolas Baumard & Coralie Chevallier (2015, also as PDF) examines archaic religions, current world religions, and the ongoing decline of religiosity in rich countries by the light of life history theory, here applied to the varying circumstances of human societies rather than the evolution of different species. […]

Munich Villa Stuck

Nearly forgotten today, Franz von Stuck (1863–1928) was a popular and highly acclaimed artist in his time. Stuck designed his Munich villa (built 1897–98) as a rich homage to European art, from antiquity to contemporary styles. Like most late 19th century attempts to revive historical aesthetics in the industrial era its splendor borders on kitsch, […]

Tainter’s Collapse of Complex Societies

The Collapse of Complex Societies (Cambridge University Press 1988; paperback 1990, 250 pages, ISBN 978-0-521-38673-9) is Joseph A. Tainter’s magnum opus and deservedly considered a classic. Tainter packs an overview of explanations of collapse, analyses of historical cases, and his own overarching theory into one slim book, soberly argued from quantifiable data yet quite readable. […]

Etruscans & Greeks

Munich’s museums lower their ticket prices to €1 on Sundays, a great opportunity to check out interesting special exhibitions. Last Sunday the Staatliche Antikensammlungen opposite the Glyptothek featured a large number of remarkable Etruscan pieces. I took a couple of pictures with the iPhone 5s, and also some from the regular Greek exhibition in the […]

King Ludwig’s Walhalla

King Ludwig I of Bavaria (1786–1868) was the grandfather of Ludwig II (1845–1886) who eclipsed him in popular memory as the “Märchenkönig:” patron of Richard Wagner, Neuschwanstein castle, mysterious early death. Ludwig I was rather more mundane but left a much greater cultural legacy, simultaneously industrializing Bavaria – site of the first German railway in […]