Reactionary and Bellicose Policies
Early 1900s. The tension becomes unbearable, and the elite becomes more and more convinced
that only war is the definitive solution of the social problem — and of many other
problems. There seem to be only two options, revolution or war, and the decision
will be made soon. Revolution must be avoided at all cost, so the ruling classes of
the great powers deliberately pursue a reactionary policy leading to war . . .
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.