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The Lamps Are Going Out, But Where? December 3, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
The Lamps Are Going Out, But Where?

Lord Grey’s famous quotation that ‘the lamps are going out all over Europe’ came eventually to encapsulate the horror of 1914. Grey, then Britain foreign secretary and an exquisitely cultured and civilised individual, spoke the words on 3 August 1914 just before the great powers collectively committed suicide. He recorded the statement in his autobiography […]

August 1914: Surprise or Countdown? February 14, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
August 1914: Surprise or Countdown?

In western memory, particularly in European memory the guns of August 1914 were a long awaited horror: and while the First World War was so much worse than anyone could have possibly imagined – Beach thinks of an earlier Churchill post on the nineteenth century comparing itself with the twentieth – everyone knew it was […]