Despite living in such a technologically advanced world, the scope of historical awareness generally held by today’s society has been steadily diminishing to near non-existent levels as we progress further into the 21st century. Being a self professed history buff, I find this quite problematic.
Lately I have been forced to deal with the harsh reality that within today’s society, a total void of knowledge pervasively exists regarding core events throughout human history. Core historical events, some of which serve as staples of humanity’s existence on this planet.
Case in point, a 30 something year old client suddenly became alarmed about my health recently due to my inability to respond after asking me if “Watergate” was a recreational theme park.
If Watergate is asking too much for anyone under 40 to be knowledgeable of in the current here and now, I would guess an awareness of the significance the First World War plays in these modern times is like finding a needle in the previously mentioned receational theme park.
World War I permanently changed the world and its historical source can be traced back to one particular day in the early 20th century. A date in human history which still affects us right to this very present moment in modern real time.
June 28th, 1914
On that fated day a little over a century ago, the heir apparent of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and his wife, Sophie, were shot and killed in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo by a Serbian nationalist, who was himself just a teenager. This single act of violence would trigger a catalytic chain of events of global proportions, causing the 28th of June to otherwise become known as the date which launched the First World War.
Now, for all you History Channel devotees, “Inglorious Bastards” fans, and even “Hogan’s Heroes” junkies, allow me to fully knock over each of your World War II pedastals of highest historical regard with the following statement:
World War II for the most part is World War I’s Part II.
Practically anything of historical significance that has sociological effects lasting into the modern day is foundationally based in that particular conflict of global proportions, which many still reverently refer to as “The Great War”.
And just so we’re all on the same historical page, the term “Great War” is another way of saying “World War I”.
The First World War caused global change that was permanent and unfalteringly resolute by extinguishing the imperialistic world of monarchies and colonial Empires which had existed just prior to its occurrence. Royal sentiments such as “The Divine Right of Kings” and “Noblesse Oblige” no longer applied to a populace devastated by the ravages of a war with fatalities never before experienced on such a mind altering scale.
A new world emerged following World War I that was no longer naively nationalistic after undergoing first hand the horrors of modern warfare. Despite the conflict commencing with all parties on both sides joyfully marching off to war, when the Armistice was signed in 1918 officially bringing the Great War to a close, over 37 million people had lost their lives, never to be seen again.
The Effects of World War I on the News Making Events of Today
Within the news headlines of today, one can’t help but notice a particular location within our present world which generates the most global tension and is a concentrated hotbed of churning aggressions – The Middle East.
Very few realize the vast majority of problems currently taking place in areas such as Iraq, Iran, and Syria, can each be traced back to The First World War.
These countries were once united beneath the domain of an ancient kingdom that ceased to exist after World War I called The Ottoman Empire. The borders of those Middle Eastern countries whose violent conflicts are so often in the news these days previously mentioned as Iraq, Iran, and Syria came into existence at the end of World War I, when the Allied Forces of Great Britain and France were claiming their victory spoils by carving up the territories of the former Ottoman Empire.
In a secret territorial pact known as the Sykes-Picot Agreement, the borders and overlying areas of ancient Mesopotamia were newly re-established by whichever way the British and French saw fit with no consideration given to the various ethnic groups and religious sects that had resided there for millennia.
We’ve been hearing quite a lot in the present day from two of those religious sects in particular, given they still harbor substantial bitterness and resentment regarding the re-distribution of their land in an agreement they weren’t even included in nor consulted over – the Sunnis and the Shias.
The area known today as modern Iraq literally came about by Sir Mark Sykes taking a ruler and hacking out as square-like an area of land as possible, which clearly can be seen with any current Map of the World listed on the internet.
“I should like to draw a line from the ‘e’ in Acre to the last ‘k’ in Kirkuk.” stated British colonel Mark Sykes in the secret pact dividing the spoils of the defeated Ottoman Empire between the British and the French known as “The Sykes-Picot Agreement”. This undisclosed arrangement from the First World War created countries in the Middle East where there had been none before and divided indigenous populations that had resided in the ancient area known as Mesopotamia for millennia.
When the forces of ISIS took over much of Iraq and Syria in 2014, the terrorist group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced, “This blessed advance will not stop until we hit the last nail in the coffin of the Sykes-Picot conspiracy.”
Historical change is for the most part, a slow moving force. Rarely do we see dynamics of societal and global upheaval affecting the world in either one swift motion or in a concentrated short period of time.
However, this astoundingly is the case with the commencement of World War I which unlike most of the events throughout history that changed society, all began on a single day.
Part II astrologically analyzes the day that changed the world, June 28th, 1914. A century old day whose series of lightning fast events are utterly fascinating from perspectives that are both historical and highly karmic.
Picture of Sykes-Picot Map – socialistworker.org
**As a peace offering to those World War II junkies whose feelings I have so wantonly trampled on, Brad presents a History book about their most admired time period in history penned by his very own, history-buff self entitled “For King & Country: The Wartime Windsors”, a top notch recounting of the early days of World War II when England was forced to face the war machine of Nazi Germany on its own by undergoing “The Blitz”: