Wednesday, February 25, 2015

J.B. Hjort at 120

Mr. and Mrs. HjortHalf a dozen score years ago today, J.B. Hjort was born.

Monday, February 23, 2015

An Academy Award

Congratulations to Laura Poitras and her team:

Was the Habsburg Monarchy Doomed Anyway?

A few years ago, as part of the preparations for my interview with Archduke Otto, I read The Decline and Fall of the Habsburg Empire, 1815–1918 by Professor Alan Sked. Dr. Sked in his book questioned – or debunked if you will – the thesis that World War I just finished off an empire that would fall apart shortly in any case.

Here's a lecture by another Habsburg historian, Dr. John Deak, Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame in the State of Indiana, taking on the “consensus”:

Saturday, February 21, 2015

That Dreadful Deflation?

GoldOn the occasion of last week's annual address of the Governor of Norges Bank, yours truly addressed some issues (in Norwegian).

Happy Birthday, Harald V!

Today marks the 78th birthday of His Majesty King Harald V of Norway.

Happy Birthday, Your Majesty!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

What Is America?

Interesting comments from Noam Chomsky:

I note that Chomsky apparently wants a further devolopment in a more democratic direction – and that he apparently claims that the present society is basically what the American founders envisioned.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Hans-Adam II 70

Best wishes to Hans-Adam II, Sovereign Prince of Liechtenstein, on his 70th birthday!

An interview on the occasion of last November's 25th accession anniversary (in Dutch, but the interview itself in English):

League of Nations Draft

Eight dozen years ago today, a draft covenant for the League of Nations was presented by the bête noire of this weblog.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Montesquieu Passing

A baker's dozen score years ago today, Charles-Louis de Secondat, baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu passed from this world.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Strutt at 141

Lt. Col. Edward Lisle Strutt CBE DSONine years short of three halves of a century ago today, the icon and mascot of this weblog was born.

Please feel free to browse posts on the late officer.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Treaty of Waitangi at 175

Seven quarters of a century ago today, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Free Speech in France

Jon Stewart's take: