Nov 082018

Beaumont Hamel

Sunday November 11, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the ‘Great War,’ which subsequently became known as World War One.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, Armistice was signed, officially ending a war that history demonstrated would once again continue in 1939.

In this, the first of a two-part Remembrance Day retrospective, Salim Mansur joins us to explain how and why the Great War of 1914-1918 represented “the beginning of the end of the European Age.”

Reflecting upon the complex alliances of the six empires (British, French, German, Austro-Hungarian, Russian, Ottoman) drawn into the conflict of the Great War, Salim looks to the literature and poetry of the day for insights to the meaning of it all.

Thus our conversation moves from the impersonal aspects of the war to the very personal, as Robert cites the war experiences of those in his own family: Newfoundland’s fighting Vaughan brothers: Oscar, Frank, Joseph, and Herbert.

The continuum of history that has brought us from the Great War to today’s modern world has provided us with a determined past that cannot be changed or avoided. It is only in understanding and remembering that past that that we can ever hope to pave a way to a peaceful future that is Just Right.

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