A Handful of Bullets: How the Murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand Still Menaces the Peace
By: Harlan K. Ullman (author)Hardback
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The Great War or the "War to end all Wars" as promised by President Woodrow Wilson was neither great nor ultimately conclusive. Precipitated by the assassination of the Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife in the streets of Sarajevo on June 28th, 1914, World War I demolished the order established by the Concert of Vienna, an order that had maintained the peace in Europe for almost a century. The ensuing carnage laid the foundations for World War II and the Cold War that followed. World War I also left in its catastrophic wake transformational legacies that remain largely unnoticed today. These legacies have provoked and will provoke massive change in the international order. But containing, mitigating, and preventing these disruptions from exploding into major crises will prove no less difficult a challenge than did restraining the forces that ignited the chaos and violence of the last century. These legacies would make Osama bin Laden into a modern day version of Gavrilo Princip, the Archduke's assassin and turn September 11th into a 1914 assassination-like event, but in many different and frightening ways.
Instead of using a Beretta 9 mm pistol, bin Laden crashed three airliners into New York's Twin Towers and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. starting a global war on terror. Unfortunately, our current strategic mindset to deal with the 21st century remains firmly anchored in the past. That mindset must change if aspirations for peace and prosperity are to be met with decisive and effective actions. Ullman offers a provocative and challenging thesis to conventional wisdom regarding international politics and national security: that we fail to understand the challenges and dangers and lack a mindset to cope with these new 21st century realities. He argues that while the dangers are not remotely as destructive as a world war, unless they are addressed, the standard of living and expectations of Americans will decline and at worst, the world will become more violent, unpredictable and chaotic.
Harlan K. Ullman is a strategic thinker and innovator whose career spans the worlds of business and government. Chairman of several companies and an advisor to the U.S. government, he was the principal author of "Shock and Awe" strategy during the first Iraq War. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he served in combat in assignments in Vietnam. He holds both an MA and PhD from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, USA.
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