It’s always hard to try to summarize and compress feelings, intentions, motives and dreams. This web-site is a sum of all four. It is the sum of all four if you add to them countless hours of hard work. Was it worth it? You bet it was.
This web-site is the outcome of one man’s labor. The man is an amateur historian, or better an amateur lover of history. The man is also a fervent supporter of the European Union of States. His main motive was to learn more about the history of the cities he loved and had never been taught in school and university years. Knowledge then. Was it just that? Well no. In the beginning there’s always the need for money and resources that can turn a dream into reality. That was more a fantasy of a man in need. When the content started to take shape, it was obvious that this web-site would be heavily indebted to the main sources, hundreds of texts and countless picture files of this wonder of the internet era called the Wikipedia. This web-site would never exist if it wasn’t for Wikipedia commons. In fact it may never exist in the future if the administrators of Wikipedia decide so. That led to the ultimate and painful in the beginning conclusion that this web-site should not be about making profit. All generated profit should go to the actual owner of this content, that is no other than Wikipedia itself.
So as to be clear, the editor and administrator of this web-site hereby clarifies that no media file, no picture, none whatsoever is the property of the web-site. About 90% of them belong to the category of the Wikipedia commons contents. Everyone is free to copy, download and distribute according to the policy of each Wikipedia common file. The rest of the files are also part of a free sharing community, the Pixabay.
This clarification may not help the people familiar with internet laws or intellectual property defend my right to use the files. Since i am really in uncharted territory, i will let the matter be decided on itself. The intention was to make reading fun. To make history friendlier to younger generations, sexier than a volume of an old fashioned encyclopedia. The files were there for everyone to see but nowhere to be seen if one didn’t look hard enough. Well that was all the hard work the editor did. Look hard enough. Search, collect and redistribute. Did the outcome vindicate my initial intention..the reader will be the judge of that.
Knowledge is power and history is its treasure trove. It would be a pity for one to live in the age of knowledge and not make the best of it.
Letter from the Editor.