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A Breath of Valkyrie on the Baltic Sea. Nationalism and Romanticism in the Literature of East Prussia
What do a knight of the Teutonic Order, the Song of the Nibelungs and Hermann the Cheruscan have in common? They were all intended to legitimize the founding of the German Empire in 1871, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. This was a "unification from above" for which Prussia waged...
German-Lithuanian Years: Caesuras in the Relations between Germany and Lithuania in the 20th Century
Germany and Lithuania have little in common if we look at the two countries from a political and economic perspective. One is a heavyweight of the European Union, the other one of its smallest members. And yet there have always been moments when relations between the central European power and the...
The National Opera in Central and Eastern Europe
Today it is the passion of a select few music lovers – but in the 19th century, opera was a major social event, an expression of national consciousness, or even the musical declaration of national independence. But how did this happen? What role does the national opera play in Eastern Europe? And what makes an opera a national opera?