Telling the tale of the story-teller Part 1: H. C. Andersen’s House in Odense

Methodology. Travel Guide. I am writing a book about a story-teller. Walter Christmas, the subject of my research, was not only the author of the famous Danish Peder-Most novels. He was also someone who told tales - to himself and about himself - throughout his adventurous life. Stuck with few archival resources helping to separate …

#Us too: How small European nations are discovering their colonial past: Nr. 2 Switzerland

When we hear the term “colonial empire”, what usually comes to our mind are the huge, often profit-driven, hierarchically structured and racially justified realms that spread over the globe in the Age of Imperial Expansion (16th to early 20th century): the Spanish, Portuguese, British, French or Dutch Empires. We might also recollect a few smaller …

Un-schooled Kids

Walter Christmas-Dirckinck-Holmfeld - an adventurer who never liked school History of Childhood. Peder Most. Walter Christmas hated school. During his years at Borgerdydskolen – one of Copenhagen’s oldest gymnasiums then led by the famous Danish philologist Jean Pio – he was what was generally called a “lazy, inattentive and fidgety pupil”. Rather than sitting around …

#Us too: How small European nations are discovering their colonial past: Nr. 1 Denmark

When we hear the term "colonial empire", what usually comes to our mind are the huge, often profit-driven, hierarchically structured and racially justified realms that spread over the globe in the Age of Imperial Expansion (16th to early 20th century): the Spanish, Portuguese, British, French or Dutch Empires. We might also recollect a few smaller …

The first modern Greek “adventure hero” was a boy refugee

Adventure: Fact and Fiction. Dimitrios Vikelas's novel "Loukis Laras". As we all know, the history of the sea adventure novel starts with Homer's epic poem "Odyssey". Ever since the "master mariner" Odysseus took the long way round home from the Trojan War, sailors' yarns of mythical islands and dangerous creatures lurking in the deep have …