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An iron gate separating the present from the past 1914 – 1918

This analogy may work for Barbara Tuchman, but the first hand stories from my grandfather, b.1896, told with loving detail, and as I read so much from the period 1814 to 2014, and understand the intimacies of human lives across the age I don’t see any barrier or watershed, rather a tide that sometimes washes across our activities with greater ferocity or enthusiam. There are too many ties, too many links, too many threads passing through this period, some given a huge lift by the events, not held back, from a myriad of technologies to society itself, from suffragettes to aeroplanes; for decades afterwards population pyramids showed a huge skew due to the loss of a very noticeable part of the male population in countries such as France.

We should never treat anyone’s anology as an absolute, indeed we should not only test it, but question what it says about this person’s beliefs: perspectives change.

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