1914: Learning from or repeating mistakes?

News   •   Dec 23, 2013 05:23 GMT

The Economist stated in an article this week, that in 1913, “The Londoner might well have had by his bedside table a copy of Norman Angell’s “The Great Illusion”, which laid out the argument that Europe’s economies were so integrated that war was futile.”

But from hope of a prosperous future sprang the ‘war to end all wars’ – and it did just the opposite. In claiming 9 million lives it also sowed the seeds for even more massive conflicts and suffering.

Worryingly, there are parallels between the outbreak of the First World War and current tensions in East Asia, for a number of reasons.

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