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Most important event of the past 100 years? [Aug. 26th, 2008|07:03 pm]
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[d_h_belmont]
I will say right off the bat, I am mildly plagiarizing an essay I read on Writing.com several years back by an author by the name of “Kane Rowel”, though his piece, "The Gunshot That Killed 100 Milllion People" didn't delve much further than World War II...

That said, I want you, dear reader, to think of everything going on in the world today, from way of living, to technology, to war. All of the events of the past century can be traced down to a single gunshot by a Serbian nationalist named Gavrillo Princip.

In 1914, the Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated by Princip, a Serbian nationalist. The event led to a break down of the fragile diplomatic relationship between Austria Hungry and Serbia, which caused the Austro Hungarians to retaliate against the Serbian kingdom. A war had broken out, but because the major nations of the world were allied with one nation or the other, they got pulled into this tiny conflict and it became the Great War.

Somehow, when the War ended and the Treaty of Versailles was created,  Germany was blamed for the conflict and had to pay massive war reparations; it destroyed their country. Additionally, the war gave the opportunity for Lenin and the Bolsheviks to over through the Russian monarchy and give rise to the Soviet Union and communism. After this war, the world order established after the Napoleonic Wars was gone forever. This war led to the creation of the League of Nations, which was sort of a prototype to the United Nations.

World War I was a direct cause of World War II, primarily because of Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in post war Germany. Because of Hitler, countless Jews, Catholics, Communists, handicapped, (the list goes on for a while) were murdered in a genocidal campaign to conquer the world. From this war, the A-Bomb was developed, and Japan took two of those which effectively eliminated their status as a serious “empire”. Additionally, countless nations turned to democracies in post-war times, and the United States and the Soviet Union came out of the war as Super Powers. The United Nations succeeded the League of Nations and the state of Israel was created.

This, of course, leads right into the Cold War. Back when the Treaty of Versailles was being developed, a young Vietnamese man went to the French city to see how the treaty could help his country. He was promptly thrown out of the Palace of Versailles. This man decided to turn for help somewhere else- China, and communism… and that man was Ho Chi Minh. This would ultimately lead to what we know as the Vietnam War (though THAT war has roots tracing back to the 8th century if I‘m not mistaken). In addition to that, there was plenty of other conflicts that were Cold War related that used several third world nations as pawns. Because of this, lots of Islamist terrorists to this day, are using weapons the United States gave them to fight the Soviets twenty five years ago.

And of course, it was the attack on U.S. soil on September 11th that George W. Bush and his little buddies used to rally the public to invade Iraq, though Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden had no connections whatsoever…

But going back to the Cold War. Without that “war”, there never would have been a drive to reach the stars. There would have been no reason to have Sputnik I or Apollo 11. We were in a race with them, and in that race, we got a lot of technologies. Microwaves and cell phones are just a few of the countless things we have in our world today that came out of technologies from those days.

There you have it (summarized very poorly). Everything today, even Operation Iraqi Freedom, can be traced to that single assassination 94 years ago that could have very easily been forgotten over the years had it not been for a series of convoluted alliances.*

*Okay, I know world history is a HELLUVA lot more complicated than what I just painted it out to be, but I just wanted to come up with a bare bones outline that hopefully can be filled in with further discussion on this topic.
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[User Picture]From: hahahasyyke
2008-08-27 04:28 am (UTC)
I wish I could say something intelligent on this topic, but as I've mentioned before: History and things involving it seem to go over my head for the most part. I get what you're saying, and it makes decent sense to me, but I don't have the capacity to expand on it.

I guess the one thing I could say is that even if that assassination never happened, I'm sure something else would have happened to provoke some following events. War is probably inevitable regardless of where it started. Like you said in the past, humans are far from perfect and conflicts would come up for one reason or another regardless.

Although, I had no idea all these things could be tied together like you just mapped them out. That's a little crazy.
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From: d_h_belmont
2008-08-27 05:03 am (UTC)
There were other reasons for why World War I started. Several nations at the time were starting to become more militaristic, imperialistic, and nationalistic. Throw in the assassination, the catalyst, and you get the

M...ilitarism
A...ssassination
I...mperialism
N...ationalism

causes of that war.

I tend to think that without that assassination, the world wouldn't have been drawn into that one singular conflict. Other things may have happened down the road, but certain events occured because of the "perfect" timing. Without the Great War, Germany wouldn't have been so utterly financially destroyed, and thus, the German people, in desperation, wouldn't have turned to such radical and angry ideals and nearly engulfed the world. Without World War I, Lenin wouldn't have risen to power because it was the growing unpopularity of this war that helped the Bolsheviks over through the czar and communism as modern history knows it, might not have come to fruition. The United States might have remained a quiet nation because there would have been no wars to come out on top and as a super power. I view that assassination as a perfect example of how taking something out of history would have far reaching consequences. Seeing as World War I was that which shaped the world we live in today, I'm surprised that it's not covered and discussed as much as World War II. For the record, there are only two or three surviving veterans of that war world wide.

I believe without World War I, the technology we have today would be out of reach by several decades. War has a curious way of making people come up with new technologies, and this war has spawned so much conflict, which is funny, because most people thought that the Great War was the "war to end all wars" since it was, at the time, the most destructive war humanity had ever seen, that they thought people wouldn't want to go through war ever again.
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[User Picture]From: hahahasyyke
2008-08-27 06:32 am (UTC)
i guess war is like drinking. seems like a good idea, and after it's over you're like ahhh shit, never again.... but next weekend rolls around...
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From: d_h_belmont
2008-08-28 02:32 am (UTC)
I'm sure if we thought about it, everything could be traced right back to the beginning of civilization, but what makes this assassination so fascinating is how this one tiny single event triggered everything- a catalyst, like you said.

We might have had a World War without it, or maybe not. Like I said before, there were other factors besides the assassination.

One thing that sticks in my mind is that the reason Lenin was able to overthrow the Czar was because of the unpopularity of the war in Russia. It tilted the political power right into his hands. I know that the Russian government tried to do away with Lenin's kind before. They might have succeeded if the war was delayed or never happened.

With everything across the globe being so tense, a war might have indeed been inevitable... but I have to wonder if it would have started with Serbia and A.H., AND if it would have happened differently, would Germany still get pretty much all the blame for the conflict in the end assuming they still lost?

I view the assassination as that tiny neck between the two major parts of an hour glass, the top being the past, and the bottom being the future... or would it be the other way around with all future events "falling" into the past? Everything historically seems to squeeze through this tiny point.

If I was going to write a time travel story, screw the ones about stopping Hitler. Stop Princip instead.
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From: d_h_belmont
2008-08-28 02:56 am (UTC)
Hmm... my post to this post never made it for some reason, but I was making another point about how an assassination could have turned the Cold War boiling hot... I bet it's on my computer sitting happily waiting to be sent off. Hmm... when I get back, I'll have to check on that. Until then, I won't go any further.
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From: d_h_belmont
2008-08-28 04:08 am (UTC)

Tension (the missing post!)

(This is the un-posted post. Here ya go.)

I was thinking about how everything was coming to a boil at the turn of the 20th century, and then I started thinking about the Cold War. Let's go back to when then Vice President Nixon went over to Russia to speak with Khrushchev. What would have happened if a Soviet nationalist assassinated him, or vice versa, during his trip to the U.S., an American succeeded in killing Khrushchev. Certainly that would have made the Cold War turn boiling hot rather quickly, and we would have fallen into World War III and probably Mutually Assured Destruction in a matter of moments.

So like that, I have to wonder if something similar could have occurred with the world 100 years ago, if political powers could have smoothed out over time or with smaller conflicts that didn't drag the entire world into it.
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From: you_lied
2008-08-29 01:10 am (UTC)
I'd really love to go in depth with a comment to this because I am so fascinated with history, but everything has been said pretty well. I honestly don't really know what to say so I'm gonna just kinda throw some under developed thoughts out there right quick. I agree with the way things were traced back to that assassination, and it was a huge catalyst but definitely not the only catalyst. The way I see it history is filled with multiple chapters that lead back to a specific catalyst. I think just going back to the American Revolution you can list of quite a few sub catalysts if you will, that have been the basis for the chapters of history. I'm going to focus mainly on US History as opposed to World History for this part of my comment, just because I'm not as familiar with World History, but you've got the American Revolution, Louisiana Purchase, Civil War, abolition of slavery, both World Wars, September 11th, 2000 presidential elections, and on and on, I feel that each one starts off a different chapter of history where a wave of changes occurs. I suppose I'm looking at it in a much smaller, yet more intricate scale. It all adds up together in the end somehow, and as mentioned above in another comment by someone I have no doubt that every single thing in the history of the existence of the universe leads back to something that preceded it. Cause and effect. Applied to the grand scheme of things.
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