Introduction / Einführung

„There are few words which are used more loosely than the word „Civilization.“ What does it mean? It means a society based upon the opinion of civilians. It means that violence, the rule of warriors and despotic chiefs, the conditions of camps and warfare, of riot and tyranny, give place to parliaments where laws are made, and independent courts of justice in which over long periods those laws are maintained. That is Civilization – and in its soil grow continually freedom, comfort, and culture. When Civilization reigns, in any country, a wider and less harassed life is afforded to the masses of the people. The traditions of the past are cherished, and the inheritance bequeathed to us by former wise or valiant men becomes a rich estate to be enjoyed and used by all.“

Winston Churchill, 1938

Hello and welcome to my bilingual blog. My name is Nils Zumbansen, Ph.D.

The above quote by the famous British statesman Winston Churchill indicates what my blog is about. It is about civilization. To put it more precisely, it is about Western civilization. So topics will range from historical issues to current affairs. In this context, emphasis will be placed on ‚the Anglosphere‘, even though I’m German. 😉

James C. Bennett defines the Anglosphere as follows:

„To be part of the Anglosphere requires adherence to the fundamental customs and values that form the core of English-speaking cultures. These include individualism, the rule of law, honoring contracts and covenants, and the elevation of freedom to the first rank of political and cultural values.“

I’m especially interested in British history, the British legal system, the concept of liberty and American politics. Moreover, my blog will deal with narratives and stories (i.e. literature, films as well as TV shows).

However, I will not only focus on these issues, but also on topics that are related to Western civilization (and, of course, other civilizations) – church history, Christianity, economic principles and the history and philosophy of science…And, occasionally, I will write about my own country.

I hope, I can do this, if you know what I mean. :/

First of all, I will publish my articles mainly in English and, then, I will translate them into German.



ich begrüße Sie/euch ganz herzlich. Mein Name ist Nils Zumbansen.

Dies ist ein bilinguales Blog. (Sehr viele Leute schreiben, „bilingualer Blog“.) Hier werden üblicherweise meistens englische Texte veröffentlicht, die ich dann aber häufig ins Deutsche übersetzen werde.

Ich habe meine Doktorarbeit über die Bürgerkriege in Britannien (im 17. Jh.) geschrieben. Aus diesem Grund bin ich sehr an britischen Themen interessiert.

Ferner beabsichtige ich aber, über viele verschiedene Themen zu schreiben, die sich mit der westlichen Welt – und ganz besonders mit der englischsprachigen Welt –  beschäftigen. Sie beziehen sich auf die Vergangenheit und die Gegenwart.

…Und ich werde auch über Deutschland schreiben.