quote:We can no longer discount the “terrible probability” James Baldwin once described: that the winners of history, “struggling to hold on to what they have stolen from their captives, and unable to look into their mirror, will precipitate a chaos throughout the world which, if it does not bring life on this planet to an end, will bring about a racial war such as the world has never seen”. Sane thinking would require, at the very least, an examination of the history – and stubborn persistence – of racist imperialism: a reckoning that Germany alone among western powers has attempted.
quote:Originally posted by Bishops Finger: I thought perhaps this thread was meant to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution.BBC Radio 3 has been providing some interesting musical insights into that period of Russian history.
quote:Originally posted by Karl: Liberal Backslider: When I were a lad, the dominant view of WWI that I picked up was pretty much the Black Adder Goes Forth version - a pointless slaughter between entities of whom none had any moral superiority over any others, started almost by accident as a result of unthinking triggering of treaties following the assassination of the Archduke. Maybe that was mistaken, but the rehabilitation of the idea that it was a fight by civilised Britain and its allies against the wicked Hun was not something I grew up with.
quote:Originally posted by rolyn: It might be fair to say that this was the year in which British hopes of 'Business as Usual' and continuing as the a dominant World Power sank in the Flanders mud.Being the unforeseen gargantium industrial war of attrition this conflict had become by November 1917, had all it's participants already lost at this point?