Bohumil Shimek - Diary, European trip, 1914 (2 of 2)

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Could you keep focusing on your research if war was breaking out around you? The second volume of naturalist Bohumil Shimek begins on 23 July 1914 with him rushing to the Botanical Garden in Halle, Germany just five days before the start of World War I. In his entry that day, he observes a felled oak tree whose growth measurements were linked to major military events as far back as the Westphalian Peace in 1648. Two weeks later, Germany declared war on France. Despite this, Shimek continued his research in central European botany, traveling in Germany and Austria-Hungary Empire until early September. His diary entries carefully note his botanical work along with keen observations of the changes happening around him. Please help us transcribe the second half of Shimek's diary, written mostly in English with just a little Czech. The first volume is here.

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