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WILL THIS EVER MAKE IT INTO THE HISTORY BOOKS? PART 2
WHOSE IN CHARGE HERE?
One of the ongoing debates in history is whether “History” is made by the man (or woman) in charge: Caesar, Alexander, Charlemagne, William of Orange, Napoleon, Catherine the Great, Queen Victoria, FDR< Churchill, Stalin, Hitler, etc.? One school of thought believes that it is, while others believe that economics, geography, and population demographics are the forces that move the world to peace or conflict. However, not only do our history books concentrate on War, they also promote the notion that history is shaped by the leader, whether hero or demon.
Rather than debate the question here, let's take it from the point of view that it is the leader. Wouldn't it be essential for a history book to let us know who these people were, what they looked like, and how they acted?
In this post, we will take a look, through historical footage, at the major leaders of Germany, France, England, and Russia in the years just prior to WW I. This will allow us to see and study the person, and see if we can discern their personalities. It will also provide access to a tremendous trove of images on the internet to bring alive. Many history books and biographies have the standard still pictures of the key figures. However, none of them, even the e-book versions, allow the viewer to see the person in action.
KAISER WILHEM (GERMANY)
RAYMOND POINCARE (FRANCE)
KING GEORGE (ENGLAND)
TSAR NICHOLAS (RUSSIA)
PARIS AND BERLIN IN 1900 – SETTING THE SCENE
For those looking for a broader view, this clip shows what it was like in Paris and Berlin in 1900 in the run-up to WW I:
While most of the debate about WW I centers on the issue of what did it accomplish, this view may help focus the debate on whether it was even necessary?