1914. The assassination in Sarajevo — basically a rather unimportant event — does not
constitute a genuine casus belli. But it provides the elite with the pretext it needs
to unleash the kind of war it has ardently desired for a long time. The proletarians
are shocked and depressed, rather than enthusiastic, but report for war meekly,
without protesting, to the great satisfaction of their “betters” . . .
Jacques R. Pauwels
JACQUES R. PAUWELS has taught European history at the University of Toronto, York University and the University of Waterloo. He is the author of several books on twentieth-century history, including The Myth of the Good War, in which he provides a revisionist look at the role of the United States and other Allied countries in the Second World War. An independent scholar, Pauwels holds PhDs in history and political science. He lives in Brantford, Ontario.