Major wars have a tendency to define, or redefine history. But Historian and author Andrew Roberts argues that there was no
more definitive than World War One. In the following Prager University video, Roberts explains, correctly in my opinion, that World War I forever changed the landscape around the world. It had as much of a negative impact as did the American Revolution had a positive – maybe more.
And it all began with the assassination of one man in 1914 – Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, presumptive heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife Sophie. They were murdered by a Serbian nationalist.
That should have been it. But of course it wasn’t and it will be forever known as the Archduke Ferdinand moment. Rather than chalk up the murders to a singular tragic event by an unhinged killer, like that of JFK, the nation of Austria-Hungary instead declared war on Serbia. And worse, both nations’ allies stupidly went along with the war plans. A bit of overkill, don’t you think.
Nothing good came from this. WW1 gave us the horrors of chemical warfare, and mechanized infantry. Out of the war came the Bolshevik, or Russian revolution, which gave rise to the Soviet Union. If not for WW1, no one would ever have heard of a young corporal, Adolf Hitler, who fought for Kaiser Wilhelm II during the great war.
World War II would not have materialized and the attempt at the extermination of the Jews would not have occurred. And who knows if the atom bomb would have been developed. There would have been no need for it.
It’s fascinating to ponder.
Watch the Video: