The Secret Origins of the First World War

100 years ago last month the first American troops arrived in France to take part in what some were calling the “War to end all wars”….we now call it World War One.

Not many Americans care…but they should for we are making all the same mistakes as we did a 100 years ago.

As a teacher of conflict I have been fascinated by WW1….how could a “civilized” world descend into such barbarity?

The reason for WW1 has been blamed on many things…industrialization, colonization, trade, on and on…..

But some believe that there was more to the war than the commonly believed ones……

Of the many myths that befog the modern political mind, none is so corrupting of the understanding or so incongruent with historical fact as the notion that the wealthy and the powerful do not conspire.

They do.

They conspire continually, habitually, effectively, diabolically and on a scale that beggars the imagination. To deny this conspiracy fact is to deny both overwhelming empirical evidence and elementary reason.

Nevertheless, for the astute observer of the ‘Great Game’ of politics, it is an unending source of wonderment to stumble across ever more astounding examples of the monstrous machinations of which wealthy and powerful elites are capable. Indeed, it is precisely here that authors Docherty and Macgregor enter the fray and threaten to take our breath away entirely.

Source: Hidden History: The Secret Origins of the First World War | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

A little something to begin the day on….plus you could have learned something while reading…..


6 thoughts on “The Secret Origins of the First World War

  1. Neither author has any background in history, politics, economics. sociology. One of them was a playwright though. They could be right, they could be wrong. What they outline makes more sense to understand what was behind destroying Iraq with no plan for what to do if they succeeded. I think my family lines have dealt the world a bad deal. Cecil Rhodes a distant relative. One of TR’s (a distant cousin) sons led the coup that put the Shah of Iran in power. The chief fault of all three “conspiracies” is that no one ever thought of that the consequences would end up being a giant oops that caused millions of unplanned for deaths.

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