Navigator: Maria Florutau
Crew: Anca Rujan, Astha Adhikari, Caterina Hall, Freddy Eggleton, Lewis Cox, Patrick Baker, Queena Tse, Robin D. Burton, Rostislav Sibirtsev, Selly Faraein Binti Mansyur, Virad Kisan, Wanming Ding
This is the page of the German/Austrian group of the UCL Global Citizenship Danube Summer School 2015. Throughout the first two weeks of June, we will explore the culture, history, language, politics and economics of Austria and Germany and track the connections between Danubian German language speakers and London through the media of film, poster and blog. Below are two short videos about sections of the Danube in Germany and Austria respectively. Other, longer, documentaries are available on YouTube, but a particularly interesting one is a 1930s documentary about Austria and the Danube, which includes historical footage and which can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGswQc5Guts
Welcome aboard! Willkommen an Bord!
Danube Swabians The Danube Swabians (Donauschwaben) is a collective term for the German-speaking population who lived in various countries of south-eastern Europe, especially in the Danube River valley. Most were descended from 18th-century immigrants recruited as colonists to repopulate the area after the expulsion of the Ottoman Empire. Because of different historic developments within the … Continue reading Germans further down the Danube
Coffeehouses have been very culturally important throughout the century as places of social interaction; they are popular as they provide a place to assemble, study, debate, read, entertain, keep updated on politics or simply pass the time. The cultivation and trade of coffee first began in the Arab world and by the end of the … Continue reading Viennese Coffeehouse Culture in Europe
Although Oktoberfest is celebrated annually all around the world, including here in London, it originates from when Prince Ludwig, who later became the King of Bavaria, married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 12 1810, in Munich. As such, the festival is primarily held in the part of Munich called the ‘Theresienwiese’, which means the … Continue reading Oktoberfest – a global phenomenon between tradition and local community
Origins of Germany Unlike much of the rest of Europe, the Roman Empire failed to conquer the land east of the Rhine (the second longest river in Europe, after the Danube) which Julius Causer termed ‘Germania’. At this point in time (around 9 AD), various Germanic tribes, like the Saxons, the Cherusci and the Bavarii, … Continue reading Austria and Germany – A Short History of Association and Separation
At over one thousand years old, Vienna has been one of the most important cities in European history. Once the capital of the Austria-Hungarian empire as well the de facto capital of the Holy Roman Empire, Vienna and its Danubian shores played a major role in world politics for much of the second millennium. In … Continue reading Vienna – the Danubian Capital of Music
In 15 BC Tiberius Claudius Nero (42 BC-37 AD), Roman Emperor (14-37 AD), led the campaign through the Upper Rhine Valley to the Lake Constance to force the Celts into subjugation. When the conquering Romans advanced further to the north, they discovered the headwaters of the Danube River in the modern-day Germany. The headwaters of … Continue reading The local source of the interconnecting Danube
Mascots can be a person, animal or created creature considered to give people good fortune. They also represent some cultural and traditional aspects of the group and country and are intended to carry that message of culture across other cultures. The word ‘mascot’ originally comes from French words ‘masco’ or ‘mascotte’ which means sorceress and … Continue reading How far do mascots travel?
When we are looking at the history of Germany and Austria, it is impossible to miss Gründerzeit. Gründerzeit (The Founding Era) started roughly from 1840 to mid-1870s before the great stock market crash of 1873. It is described as the golden period due to the industrialisation in Central Europe. Whilst the political reformed alongside change in … Continue reading Gründerzeit
The mass murder of millions of Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, and other “unworthy of life”, in concentration and extermination camps during WWII, is often seen as “the archetype of international crimes” (Van Baar). Almost 70 years later, the past remains a matter of opinion rather than a fact, as it was shortly after the war. Who … Continue reading The issue of German guilt, responsibility and atonement
German Cuisine (Deutsch Küche) The culinary background in Germany is affected by the varied geography which includes coastal plains, high-altitude mountains and thick forests. Early farmers had to grow what is suitable to the land, which limited their choices since they didn’t have the flexibility to rotate crops the way growers in more forgiving regions … Continue reading German Cuisine (Deutsch Küche) – Local history and global fame
Austria Cuisine is a consequence of its history as a multinational empire, where different kinds of cultures contributed their very own variations. The Habsburg Empire stretched from the borders of Imperial Russia to the Adriatic and consisted of more than 10 nationalities with over 51 million people speaking 16 different languages. Within the last 7 … Continue reading Austrian Cuisine (Österreichische Küche) and its Habsburg tradition
The full film is available to view here: We interviewed six Austrians and South Germans that are currently residing in London. We interviewed them about their attitudes towards the Danube, their experiences with the river, their viewed on its importance and preservation and how Danubian they feel. We also asked them, in relation to their … Continue reading Germany/Austria – The Film 2015