Soellner’s Dispatch #2

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SOELLNER’S DISPATCH #2 (For your eyes only!) The Chaos of the Times: 1919-1924 Chaos reigned in Germany. At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year, the warring powers signed an armistice ending the fighting in World War 1. Before the Treaty of Versailles formally ended the war, Germany’s […]

Soellner’s Kalvarianhof Dispatch #1

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SOELLNER’S DISPATCH #1 (For your eyes only!) As many of you know, I am writing a five book historic fiction series about three generations of two German families during the first half of the twentieth century. To keep avid readers informed of this ongoing saga, my progress in creating it, and to give you some […]

New Historic Inventions

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New Historic Inventions that influenced the lives of my characters in: ‘Kalvarianhof, The Perilous Journey’ While most of the characters in my first book, ‘Kalvarianhof, The Perilous Journey’ are fictitious, their lives play out against the background of amazing real inventions that we still marvel at today. Imagine going from horse and buggy, to the first automobiles, some powered […]

La Belle Époque

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La Belle Époque 1872 to 1914 (the Beautiful Era) After the Franco Prussian War of 1871-72, and the emergence of Germany as an Empire with colonies scattered around the world, a wonderful period of peace, beauty, Art and culture enveloped Europe, Russia and America. The industrial revolution brought prosperity and middle class standards to many […]

The Wittelsbach Dynasty

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The earliest known inhabitants in the area of present-day Bavaria were the Celts. Romans conquered the region about the beginning of the Common Era. They divided the southern part into Raetia andNoricum and built fortifications along the northern boundary to keep out the Teutons. Flourishing Roman colonies arose in the south at Augsburg, Kempten, Regensburg, […]

The Colonial Era

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THE COLONIAL ERA IN 19TH AND EARLY 20TH CENTURY: Britain. France. Portugal. Italy. Spain. Russia. Japan. Ottoman Empire.      Colonizing foreign territories by stronger neighbors has been an ongoing political/military strategy for easily several thousand years. The Ancient Egyptians had trading ‘sites’ through much of the Mediterranean including what is now Greece and Italy. Later, […]