Kurt Messmer
Kurt Messmer is a freelance historian with a focus on history in public space.

8. May 2020

War/battle | History factory | Art | 20th / 21st century | Politics | Culture | Article | Featured

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Extreme pictures from extreme times

Two German painters, contemporaries, reacted to the ‘age of catastrophe’ of 1914-1945 in very different ways. One painted a harsh and objective depiction of the world he saw. The other persisted in a rural idyll. Both approaches are political.

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13. March 2020

Modern Age | Politics | Economy | Article | Featured

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Jakob Fugger – Money and spirit around 1500

Augsburg: a descendant of a rural weaver became Europe’s most prominent merchant, mining entrepreneur and banker, despite the Bible’s prohibition of usury. A biography sheds light on an era of history – and vice versa.

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