POST 146 02MAR2014 REFLECTION ON FIRST WORLD WAR4
A CENTURY AGO
POST 146 March 02, 2014 –
A CENTURY AGO: A WORLD WAR BEGINS IN EUROPE July 28, 1914
I n 1913 , until Spring of 1914, the World was peaceful and life very nice in Europe.
Raymond Poincaré took office as president of France.
In China, Dr. Sun Yat-sen was president of the Republic of China which he founded in 1912 after the overthrow of the Qing dynasty.
Rabindranath Tagore won Nobel Prize in Literature; Henri La Fontaine in Peace; Charles Robert Richet in Medecine, Alfred Werner in Chemistry; Heike Kamerlingh Onnes in Physics.
In America luxury motorcars priced from $2,500 to $7,500 with Packard, Pierce Arrow, Peerless, and Cadillac was the leading make in the range of $1,500 to $2,500. Henry Ford offered workers a minimum wage of $5 per day. Charlie Chaplin, 24, signed a contract for $150 per week in New York with the movie maker Mack Sennett.
In New York, the 60-story Woolworth, the world’s tallest habitable building at that time, opens its doors for business in April 1913.
July 28th, 1914 First World War begins.
Germany declares war on Russia August 1 and on France August 3, then the war quickly widens. Japan declares war on Germany August 23. From August 14 to August 25 the Battle of the Frontiers costs 250,000 lives.
In the end of this War, the percentage of men who died is 57% of 65 million of men mobilized to fight, and the number of Civilian casualties is close to 9 million. The total War Cost altogether is over 186 billion dollars.
Knowing this, what conclusion would we draw when we see all these tensions surrounding the World today?
Possibly, a way to help these belligerent guys to make peace is to let them know that their salaries will be cut off 50% when they go to war :-)
Charles P. Hogan , March 2014