Category: Society

10. August 2020

Modern Age | Society

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A nut of the world

by Rebecca Sanders

Up to the early modern era, the coconut was considered an exotic rarity from the New World. It was believed not only to protect against poisoning, but also to show sophistication.

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3. August 2020

Modern Age | Literature

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The birth of the tabloid media

by Dominik Landwehr

With the advent of printing, from the late 15th century onwards printed news reports could be produced and circulated for the masses. In many cases, these reports were composed in the style of today’s tabloid media.

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27. July 2020

Modern Age | Society

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Arguing, swearing, beatings

by Adrian Baschung

What’s the link between a vicious domestic brawl from the 17th century and a modern-day comic book?

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24. July 2020

Classical antiquity | Culture

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Glass vessels for eternity

by Felix Graf

A drinking bowl from Stein am Rhein is among a trove of precious glass finds dating from the Roman era. The piece itself is spectacular, but the circumstances of its discovery are just as remarkable.

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22. July 2020

Modern Age | Society

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The White Plague

by Michael van Orsouw

Today coronavirus is spreading fear, alarm and uncertainty – 100 years ago, it was tuberculosis and the Spanish Flu that cut a deadly swathe through Switzerland.

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