Passing the Torch: America One Hundred Years Ago

November 11, 1918, marked the end of World War I and the beginning of American omnipotence — and this era continues today.

What exactly do we commemorate on November 11 in France and America? There were no real winners in the Great War. The French and their allies from Britain, the United States, Belgium, Serbia and elsewhere were decimated by the millions. The German army, which for the most part fought on French soil, returned to its barracks more or less intact. This war began by chance, sparked by a diplomatic malfunction and a chain of events caused by alliances. Retrospectively, it is hard to understand why it happened and what was being fought over. And the claim of the time that it was the war to end all wars was little more than propaganda.

In reality, November 11, 1918, does not just represent the end of the war, but also the beginning of a new era: the one in which we still live. The Europeans have never fully recovered from their demographic and economic losses, and the relative decline of Europe


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