Yesterday marked the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, and I don’t want the day to pass without observing it.
According to historians who view the present existence of the European Union as inevitable, The First World War marked the beginning of the first of the two biggest events in what they call the “European Civil War,” which ended the West’s hegemony of the world.
I first heard the concept in the 1970s when historian Stephen Ambrose commented in the television series The World at War that 1945 witnessed an invasion of an exhausted Europe by Russian and American armies, “thus ensuring that no European nation actually wins the European Civil War.”
In his book, Churchill, Hitler and the Unnecessary War: How Britain Lost its Empire and the West Lost the World, Pat Buchanan saw the world wars as unnecessary conflicts that were mostly caused by British foreign policy mistakes. Other historians see the two world wars, and America’s participation in them, as being exacerbated by Zionist machinations to create a Jewish homeland in Palestine.
Regardless of what caused them, the two wars led not only to the destruction of the British Empire but also Western dominance, ideals, culture, and populations.
The “European Civil War” is an overarching construct tying a series of 19th and 20th century conflicts between sovereign nations in the now partially-unified continent of Europe. Through the self-mutilation of both world wars, and viewing both as a single civil war (separated by a 22-year cease-fire), the concept seeks to explain the rapid decline of Europe’s global dominance and the emergence of the European Union.
Some historians argue the period that started with the 1870 Franco-Prussian War and ended with World War II. Other historians argue that the period ended with the reunification of Germany in 1990. Regardless, the earlier wars are seen as causes for the wars that followed.
There is no consensus among historians for viewing the pre-1945 conflicts this way, but it is very interesting nevertheless.
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