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Waking up at war

Today 100 years have passed since the emperor of Austria declared war to Serbia starting the unimaginable mass murdering that is called the first World War. "Either man will abolish war or war will abolish man." The quote by Bertha von Suttner was quotet at the official opening of the 94th Salzburger Festspiele. The tidy speeches were rhetorically stirring but the level of analysis failed to touch the current complicity of the local elite in fueling armed conflicts all over the world. Austria is an arms exporting country. If you want to abolish war, stop selling bombs! So when the historian Christopher Clark talks about how the outbrake of the first World War surprised ...

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