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This post was edited by LawrenceD at 2013-8-13 15:31|
>Back then as well as now, there is a tendency to disregard the slavic peoples. Western europe do not see them as equals. They never did. They would of never went to war for them.<
Precisely. That was why the "entangling alliances" theory was not entirely true. However, the fact that, as you said, "Russia stood by Serbia after war was declared on them. That is what triggered the alliances and the war" showed that it did have some (though not sufficient) validity.
I've always admired the Russian people, who were the true victors of WW2 (about 90 percent of Hitler's elite troops were wiped out by the Russians, making the so-called Normandy landing a piece of cake, at least comparatively). Besides literary greats like Dostoevsky or Tolstoy few people today remember gymnastics greats such as Bilozerchev, Yuri Titov, or Andrianov or the beautiful Nelli Kim, who was half-Korean, I think. Russia also produced chess greats like Smyslov, Botvinnik, etc., not to mention the great Bolshoi ballet. Long ago, I wrote a thesis based on the astonishing Bakhtin, at a time when he was quite unknown to the social sciences or literary criticism. And despite the slanders in the Western media, Leninism was a great contribution to Marxist theory (perhaps last week I alluded to his contention that imperialism was the last stage of capitalism here in China Daily).
I can go on and on, but it's quite unnecessary. One thing though - it was in Roy MacGregor's "Life and Times of Nikita Khruschev" (1959) that I first discovered that the parents of this former leader of the Soviet Union were buried in a mass grave in Kalinovka, Ukraine, due to the Western or Allied invasion of Russia in 1918. For more on this topic, read:
1. A Well-Kept Secret: The Allied Invasion of North Russia, 1918-1919 by William Ward (available in ebook format)
2. America's Secret War against Bolshevism: U.S. Intervention in the Russian Civil War, Foglesong, David S., (Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, 1995).
3. Churchill's Secret Crusade: The British Invasion of Russia, 1918-1920 By Clifford Kinvig, Hambledon Continuum, London, 2006.
I do know about the Western "tendency to disregard the slavic peoples." Perhaps even with a bit of contempt: Winston Churchill once claimed that "beneath the skin of the average Russian lies a Tartar." As if that, even if true (it's not, certainly not ALL Russians have Tartar blood), is a defect.
More about WW1 later