Skip to comments.War, Culture, & the Minds of Nations Did Germany’s cultural avant-garde cause WWI? Vice versa?
Posted on 09/09/2014 9:19:09 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
German infantry at the Vistula River, 1916
We are accustomed to thinking that such real-world physical experiences as war, defeat, and economic ruin produce such psychological, cultural, artistic, and social responses as disillusionment, frenzy (including frenzied enjoyments), and despair in the collective mind. The First World War which, exactly 100 years later, we are now remembering, and whose lessons we are still pondering seems to confirm and illustrate this belief.
It was an event whose magnitude and impact we find hard to grasp even today. Though it began in the Balkans, it spread across the world to all continents in part because it was a war between European states that controlled worldwide empires. Indian soldiers in the British Army fought on the Western Front in France and won a very high proportion of Victoria Crosses. Little New Zealand sent about a quarter of its male population to France and the Middle East. When touring through the small, tranquil towns on the plateau behind Australias Great Ocean Road, I was moved to see monuments listing the names of local men above the modest statement They Answered the Empires Call.(continued)
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A thoroughly thought-provoking provocation.
I’m always bemused or astounded by which of my threads gets 150+ replies and which get none or a few. Even with over 24,000 posted I can’t always predict it.
The article mentions that shell shock from WWI resulted in the hedonistic roaring 20s.
From this, it’s my opinion that the self destructive roaring 20s led to WWII.
Same thing is happening in the USA now: the shell shock of 9/11/01 has turned this country into a self-destructive hedonistic mess, giving rise to obama, homos, potheads, and the illenial generation.
Next stop: another world war.
Also forgot to mention that Germany’s cultural avant-garde can be blamed for almost all of modernity’s ills.
Allan Bloom did a great job explaining it in “The Closing of the American Mind.”
Look at the time.
Yeah, to a certain extent, but I seem to remember high responses around the same time period if the subject matter excited enough people. I post a LOT of stuff around now.
This incident as part of a broader theme has been discussed on a number of FR threads over the years.
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