Gavrilo Princip was hanging out with his fellow students getting really angry. As is the usual preoccupation in
being American or English, you’d be a Virginian or a Scot.)
Gavrilo and his friends decided that if they could kill the guy in charge of their country, or the number two, that they might be able to break free and
That is how, on a warm June day in 1914, Gavrilo was eating a sandwich at a quiet cafe when the number two guy’s car accidentally turned down the wrong street right past that cafe. Gavrilo ran to the open motor coach of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and drew his pistol, shooting and killing the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne and his wife, Sophie, touching off a cascade of dominos that lead to:
Austria, and her ally , Germany
moved to action against the Serbs, who naturally called on their fellow Slavs, the Russians.
- The ruin of Europe and the
Ottoman Empire(15 million dead) so mismanaged the war, 3.7 million Russians died (30% of the total WWI Russia
deaths) 5 million wounded, that a civil war broke out.
, forced to pay war reparations descended into chaos, and finally Germany
- The Rise of Hitler, Fascism, and Communism
- The reparations and blame for WWI created the need of the German people to
restore their dignity and place the blame of their situation on someone
else. Just the impetus Hitler needed.
- Fascism rose all over Europe:
Italy, . Spain
- The Bolsheviks won the Russian Civil war leading to a strict stripe of Communism that paved the way for
i. Stalin, murderer of 20 million (during the 1930s) and 34-37 million over all.
i. 50 million dead.
- The Cold War
- Former WWII allies
Russiaand the U.S are on tenterhooks over Germany
Russiais wary of rising again, after two consecutive invasions, decides that it needs some buffer states between the motherland and Deutschland. Germany
, not understanding, decides on a policy of containing the Russians yielding iii. The Iron Curtain U.S.
- The Bomb.
U.S.and fight proxy battles all over the world. USSR
Korea, Algeria, , you name it (OK.) Congo
Russiainvades Afghanistan the gives support, arms, and aid to the Mujahadin rebels fighting the communists, including a very militant wing of young freedom fighters called The Taliban. U.S.
USSRallows totalitarian dictators to rule Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Rumania, , and others. Bulgaria
U.S.gives aid and comfort to such dictators as Idi Amin, Mobutu Sese Seko, the Shah of , and Saddam Hussein. Iran
1. Buyer’s Remorse:
Soviet Unionis effective at surpressing nationalistic feelings in her satellite states. i. When the falls apart those feelings return causing USSR
, Rwanda, Congo, Chechen War, etc. Georgia Chechnya, wishing to break away from launches a rebellion in the name of nationalism, which yields more than 300,000 dead including Russia
i. The 331 angel children murdered on the first day of school in Beslan after Chechen rebels seized the school.
Yugoslaviabreaks up (“Balkanization) into various Balkan states including Serbia
- A Serbian nationalist guy named Slobodan Milosevic decides that the Serbs have had enough of other people ruling them and starts a few wars resulting in
i. The rape of women and children, torture and death of 300,000 people including
ii. The massacre of 8,100 little boys and men at Srebrenica.
So, let me ask you, what’s your opinion of Serbian Nationalism?
Because mine, let me tell you, ain’t good.