Friday, June 27, 2014

JUNE 27, 1914 - THE DAY BEFORE THE WORLD CHANGED FOREVER 100 YEARS AGO. / By Aleksandra Rebic June 27, 2014

DUSK Friday June 27, 2014 / Photo by Aleksandra Rebic

Aleksandra's Note: Today is Friday, June 27, 2014. Exactly 100 years ago today was the day before everything in the world changed forever. History tells us that it was a beautiful summer in 1914 - everything a summer should be. This peaceful atmosphere in Europe had only 24 hours left.
The next day, June 28, 1914 was Vidovdan (St. Vitus Day), a most sacred day in Serbian history. It was also the day that an Austrian Archduke and his wife would come visiting and go for a ride in Sarajevo, a city in Bosnia. It was a day they should have chosen to go elsewhere, anywhere, but Bosnia. But then again, it would not have mattered at all. The war planners had already engineered the future, a destiny they believed would turn out in their favor. That's the folly of arrogance, ignorance, and shortsightedness.
Will the historical revisionists, in marking this year's centennial of the start of the Great War, The War To End All Wars, merely continue the long running trend of sabotaging the truths of history, instead of taking advantage of this great 100 year milestone to set the historical record straight? Will the Serbians, regardless of all evidence to the contrary, continue to be made the fall guy for the war, thus nullifying even the Versailles Treaty where it was determined unequivocally and with finality who was responsible and accountable for the First World War, and it was not the Serbs. Any historian with integrity and a passion for establishing a valid and truthful historical record should consider this World War One Centennial as an opportunity to rewrite history so that it actually aligns with the reality of the time and the facts.
History, just like "Truth", is often dismissed as being "relative".  Is that why we keep getting the wrong "facts" about these cataclysmic events that changed our world forever, "facts" that are predicated on whatever false premise is politically correct at the time?
100 years of nonsense is long enough. It's time to reconsider and re-evaluate. And maybe, just maybe, we can get it right, and thus do a great favor for posterity.
This day exactly 100 years ago, June 27th in 1914, was a peaceful day in Europe and beyond.  But there had been portents of things to come for many decades before this day, and like anything that simmers under the surface, there's always the tipping point. Always.
David Fromkin, in the excerpts I'm sharing below from his book "Europe's Last Summer: Who Started the Great War in 1914?" describes this peaceful time and the context in which the First World War began.
As the leaders and politicians and policymakers and the regular, ordinary people of the world all went to sleep on this same night 100 years ago, they could not possibly have known that the very next day the world as they knew it would change forever in more ways than any of them could ever have imagined.
As they slept, the tipping point was upon them.
Aleksandra Rebic
June 27, 2014
David Fromkin writes:

"What was the First World War about? How did it happen? Who started it? Why did it break out when and where it did? 'Millions of deaths, and words, later, historians still have not agreed why,' as the "Millenium Special Edition" of The Economist (January 1, 1000-December 31, 1999) remarked, adding that 'none of it need have happened.' From the outset everybody said that the outbreak of war in 1914 was literally triggered by a Bosnian Serb schoolboy when he shot and killed the heir to the Austrian and Hungarian thrones. But practically everybody also agrees that the assassination provided not the cause, but merely the occasion, for first the Balkans, then Europe, and the rest of the earth to take up arms.

“The disproportion between the schoolboy's crime and the conflagration in which the globe was consumed, beginning thirty-seven days later, was too absurd for observers to credit the one as the cause of the other...millions of people could not be losing their lives they felt, because one man and his wife -- two people of whom many of them had never heard -- had lost theirs. It did not seem possible. It could not, everyone said, be true.

“Because the Great War was so enormous an event and so fraught with consequences, and because we want to keep anything similar from happening in the future, the inquiry as to how it occurred has become not only the most challenging but also the biggest question in modern history. But it remains elusive. In the words of the historian Laurence Lafore, 'the war was many things, not one, and the meanings of the word 'cause' are also many.'" [1]

“To the man or woman in the streets of the Western world -- someone who was alive in the vibrant early years of the twentieth century -- nothing would have seemed further away than war. In those years men who dreamed of battlefield adventure had been hard pressed to find a war in which they could participate. In the year 1901, and the thirteen years that followed, the peoples of western Europe and the English speaking Americas were becoming consumers rather than warriors. They looked forward to more: more progress, more prosperity, more peace. The United States at that time (commented an English observer) 'sailed upon a summer sea,' but so did Great Britain, France, and others. There had been no war among the Great Powers for nearly half a century, and the globalization of the world economy suggested that war had become a thing of the past. The culmination of those years in the hot, sun-drenched, gorgeous summer of 1914, the most beautiful in living memory, was remembered by many Europeans as a kind of Eden.” [2]

[1]Fromkin, David. Europe's Last Summer: Who Started the Great War in 1914?, p. 8

[2]Fromkin, David. Europe's Last Summer: Who Started the Great War in 1914?, p. 12

These history changing events and their long-term impact will be featured in the upcoming book "Heroes of Serbia" by Aleksandra Rebic.


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