4th August 1914 ……….the date that changed the world

By Dr Chris Ware

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For the better part of the last one hundred years the 4 August has passed , if not unnoticed at least with a relatively low key statement that  it was the start of the bloodiest war, in sheer numbers , that Britain , had been engaged in. Centenaries touch something within us which fifty or ninety years do not. This is history writ large yet we can still be connected, almost every family had someone who was involved in some way or another.

A war which stretched from the Pacific to the Arctic bounded by the world’s oceans but whose centre was Europe, Scylla and Charybdis, men-and-women inexorable caught up in it, only to be devoured. And a hundred years later what, after all the upheaval, the fall of empires  and the birth of new nations, are we remembering? The death of millions, the change in the world order, the idea that a League of Nations would solve the issues by negotiation, violence would after all be forgotten as a way to resolve disputes: Perhaps George   Santayana’s words should ring out loud and long “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”

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