French President Emmanuel Macron sees dangers 100 years after the "never again" promise of 1918 failed to produce peace. In November, France will host a 100th anniversary event: the Paris Peace Forum.
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Glorifying First Nations participation in imperialist wars as part of overcoming Canada’s colonial treatment of First Nations is, at a minimum, ironic.
One hundred years ago today a popular revolt ousted the Russian monarchy. Six thousand Canadian troops invaded in response.
Syrians were subjected to the same restriction imposed on Chinese, Japanese and South Asian immigrants starting from the early 1900s.
The First World War had no clear and compelling purpose other than rivalry between imperial powers. Support for the British Empire was Ottawa’s primary motive in joining the war.
Genocide haunts the 20th century. And 100 years ago, the century's first began in fearsome earnest.
Even amidst all the carnage and murder in the First World War, every so often, in small ways, ordinary human decency broke through -- and lingers on in the collective memory.
Karl Polanyi, one of the great intellectuals of the 20th century, argued that the First World War was a nationalist response to the enormous tensions generated by the industrial revolution.
To argue that the First World War was "inevitable," a pre-determined result of some conjuncture of historical forces, is wrong from the very moment of the improbable event that triggered it all.
As much as we rightly mourned the murders of two young Canadian soldiers last month, this past Remembrance Day inevitably lost some of its focus on the carnage that started it all.