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2018-11-13

To my 19-year-old son, World War I — which ended 100 years ago yesterday — is as remote an event as the Congress of Berlin was to me when I was his age.

Here are 10 things I would like all my children to understand about what happened to their great-grandfather’s generation.

1. The war was not “for Civilisation,” as claimed on John Ferguson’s Victory Medal. It was a war for predominance between the six great European empires — the British, the French, and the Russian against the German, the Austrian, and the Ottoman — that broke out because all their leaders miscalculated ...

Niall  Ferguson Boston Globe  NOVEMBER 12, 2018

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