I am reading more newspapers for my BA-project – I don’t seem to be able to get though my sources for this project, but well at least I seem to get a lot wise on the subject. A few things stroke me as interesting while I was reading…

First of all how overwhelmingly important it was to everyone in Europa that Germany did take up it’s seat. That is not really something that is self-evident then you read history books about the era – you normally get the impression that the league wasn’t really important even at the time. It is my impression that people of the time felt quite the opposite about it. Germany’s admission was a world shadowing event. It toke up all space on the front page on every Danish newspaper in 10 days – and I am pretty sure it wasn’t just the Danish newspapers that gave everything else less priority in that period. That Germany got admitted was important enough to get all kinds of drama going in Genèva and to make all kinds of countries try to claim a seat in the consul as well.

The other thing that stroke me as interesting while I was reading was; that part of the reason the league never worked as well as people wanted it to, was that it was really a European party. A party to witch someone had invited the rest of the world and had given them veto-rights. At least the European countries clearly sew the league as a European league – somewhere to ensure peace in Europa – not somewhere to settle all of the World’s problems. People has talked a lot about why the league didn’t for-fill it’s purpose and preserved the peace (in Europe), and they often talk about this or that the law of the league. I think the real crucial problem was that the European stats sew the league as their club, but at the same time they had invited the rest of the world inside as equal members. But they didn’t treat the rest of the world as equal members! Europa was in shock then Brazil (the biggest country in South America) “dares” to try to claim a seat in the counsul along with the other Great powers… They where astonished by it to tell the truth – the Danish newspapers where chocked – even offended by it. “How dare Brazil intervene in European affairs?!”

Ok now I can think again without this trying to get out of my head – I better get back to my newspapers and my paper.


Opsession with an era

November 21, 2008

Tonight I have been searching pictures and sims contest from the Art Deco and Art Nouveau era and it is just sucking me in. What is so amazing about this area is how contemporary a lot of the furniture and architecture looks, but at the same time the people in the photographs do look truly old fashion – especially the servants, who look like they walked out of the Victorian age even then the pictures are 30 years later. A lot of design today still draws inspiration from this era – how the most cutting edge buildings today have elements from art deco and how “modern” furniture truly are modern in the sense that they take their inspiration from the modern period.


To the left: a danish “funkis” house from the period and to the right a contemporary danish house

This remind me of one of the points Dan Carlin is making on of his Hardcore History shows – that the 20th century was really just the postlude of the first world war or the Great War (so great that Microsoft Word insists that it is spelled with double capitals) as they called it before the second world war came, so the first could become the first world war. The world transformed under the Great War in every single part of life, from fashion to military structures to housing to the way the international system works today. A lot of the things we take for granted today really was born under the Great War or in the years just after. Of course new things has been added and things has evolved since the Great War, but in many areas many things are basicly the same as they were almost 100 years before. In journalism not much new has been added other then new channels – the two main types or articles and news casts are still the report and the interview – both invented in the start of the 20th century. What I am trying to say is that then we are stock we turn to the inter-war period for inspiration and a lot of the things we talk about today has a deep root in this era.

My bachelor project

November 19, 2008

heimkehr vom ball 1926

To finish our bachelors we have to write a big paper that counts for a lot of our credit for our bachelor part of our university education. I had a pretty chaotic start on this semester and by change ended up in a bachelor class about Danish foreign policy between 1864 (our big lose to Germany) and 1940 (then the Germans invaded Denmark). I had to pick some kind of topic within that frame for my project.

After a lot of thinking I decided that I wanted to write about how the Danish press wrote about Germany in the 1920s. There have been many studies on how people view Germany in the 1930s around Hitler’s coup. Germany been a big player on the Danish scene for a really long time, so I thought it might be interesting to look at how we viewed them before they turned to fascism. The trends up to an event can be just as important as the event it self. The Weimar Republic was after all a democracy, though a week one and Denmark a long and proud tradition of being afraid of Germany. I wonder how that looked in the 1920s.

I am going to read a lot of old newspaper articles from 1926 then Germany became a part of the League of Nations. Though the league never became what the West hoped it still played a significant role in the international relations between the two big wars, so it is no small event. The liberals and the conservatives in Denmark did not like that Germany joined the league, because they were afraid that they might be dragged out of neutrality and into a war. They were also still angry with Germany for not acknowledging our border with them. On the other hand if Germany joined we might be able to force them to acknowledge the border though the international court system and it might keep the leach on our big brother neighbour. So it was a complicated matter for Germany to join – at least form a Danish perspective. How much of that did make it into the press? Did the social democratic government let their own newspaper print negative stuff about Germany? What did the papers dear to write? All this is what I want to look into in my paper.