Berlin At The End Of World War Two

Berlin After WW2

At the tail end of World War Two, Germany was in financial, political and physical ruins. The war wiped out around 11% of its population, took from it 25% of its territory, and reduced its agricultural productivity levels to a fraction of what they were before the war. To the dismay of some of its beneficiaries, Marshall Plan funds were disbursed to West Germany from 1949 to 1952, where it received $1.45 billion in economic and technical aid. Proving that the definition of an enemy is inherently situational, when the Cold War began to heat up in the 50s, NATO allowed West Germany to join its ranks. Total recovery soon followed suit.

Mapping Europe’s Unemployment

Unemployment Map Europe

Greece, Spain, Italy. All are dream travel destinations, all are relatively hellish dead ends for its denizens. This past year, Spain and Greece’s unemployment rates soared to over 25 percent.

Christmas In Estonia

Christmas In Estonia

Despite being banned under Soviet occupation, Estonia’s rich Christmas-time traditions have re-emerged entirely unscathed. To Estonians, the holiday blends the religious, secular, modern and old, as it is the day of Christ’s birth as well as the culmination of late autumn festivals. Unlike most Western states, the Christmas tree tradition is relatively new, and was an important from 19th century Germany.

The Glamorous And Gruesome History Of The Masquerade Ball

Every now again, it’s nice to swap the sweatpants and boxed wine for a bit of decadence and luxury. A quick–but not always economical–fix? Throwing a majestic and mysterious Masquerade Ball. Dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries, the Masquerade Ball began as part of Europe’s carnival season. Less high society and more cirque du célébration, villagers would gather in masks and costumes to take part in elaborate pageants and glamorous processions.

Ball Des Ardents

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