One hundred years ago German Imperialism began to replace the Pax Britannica.

One hundred years ago today the RMS Titanic first arrived at its graveyard resting place on the sea-bed of the North Atlantic. With it perished 1513 people. Among those was W.T. Stead, a founding member and leading light of the secretive Round Table organisation, which thus came under the control of the German Alfred Milner, later becoming 1st viscount Milner.

The Titanic, which was to have served to strengthen the links between the English  speaking peoples of the world, lay instead a useless rotting metal hulk at the bottom of the sea. The dreams for the Round Table organisation, now active throughout the world, may too have been bent to other purposes, which due to its secretive founding principles will never publicly be known. So too its junior feeding organisation, Crusaders, even more secretive and obnoxious in this blogger’s experience of its activities, could well have followed.

The demented Kaiser Wilhelm II in Germany must have spent a huge day of celebration one hundred years ago. His crazed dreams in only a couple of years yet to then pass would lead to misery and slaughter on a massive scale, as similar centennial dates will soon pass, one by one to illustrate and highlight the misery this man wrought.

Nazi Germany became obsessive about the Titanic sinking, perhaps sensing the historical pivotal moment  the event represented, and propaganda minister Joseph Goebells spent years and billions in recreating the event, some footage from which can be seen in, “A Night to Remember“.

Yet it is only today, through the machinations of the corrupt and evil EU, after all the deaths made pointless in two world wars, that the crazed ambition of Prussian Imperialism that festered in the Kaiser’s head is beginning to emerge triumphant, aided by the dreadfully low calibre of Europe’s national leaders, who have sold out their peoples’ democracies for the unachievable illusions of Toynbee socialism with which Milner’s ambitions appear to have been disguised.

What we see in the EU today is a complete abandonment of the concepts of solidarity and mutual co-advancement being replaced by naked asset stripping of countries impoverished by the deliberate mismanagement of the euro common currency. Is Europe now about to witness a repeat of the Germanisation of Alsace and Lorraine as occurred between 1871 and 1918? What is the difference between those dreadful years and today, mainly perhaps, in that Britain now has opted to place itself under German control along with the other economically powerless nations on the Continent.

(First posted to Ironies Too)

7 comments for “One hundred years ago German Imperialism began to replace the Pax Britannica.

  1. April 15, 2012 at 11:40 am

    That’s an angle I hadn’t thought much about.

  2. Greg Tingey
    April 15, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    You are stark raving bonkers – and probably racist with it.
    The Germans arte still living down their humiliation, both internal and external for allowing an Austrian corporal to run their great nation.
    Yet you perpetuate this myth of “german” impreialism.
    I think you should be more worried by the so-called civil servants in Brusselsa nad Starsbourg

    • Edgar
      April 16, 2012 at 12:51 am

      “The Germans ar[t]e still living down their humiliation, both internal and external for allowing an Austrian corporal to run their great nation.”
      The Germans are still living down their humiliation, both internal and external, because the Austrian corporal they gladly followed didn’t win the war.

    • April 16, 2012 at 8:39 am

      Even if wrong, it ain’t racist. The Germanic peoples share the same DNA as us. We are the same race.

      As it is, whether by luck or design, it is true that the EU has led to a Franco/Germanic dominance in Europe this past few decades.

      • Watchman
        April 17, 2012 at 5:01 pm

        “Even if wrong, it ain’t racist. The Germanic peoples share the same DNA as us. We are the same race.”

        Since when was race anything to do with DNA. It’s simply a way of organising people according to whoever controls the intellectual apparatus of the time. It might be done by DNA, but only if that suits the preconceptions and biases of those controlling ideas.

        To be fair, picking on a nation is not really racist, but it might be better to pick on the government of that nation specifically – if there is a problem with German imperialism that is not because the German hausfrau (if such a thing still exists) is dreaming of imposing her will on others, but because German politicians are doing so.

  3. April 16, 2012 at 8:46 am

    “perhaps sensing the historical pivotal moment the event represented”

    Jared Poley has written a detailed analysis and deconstruction of the film and the history of how it came to be made.

    Essentially, Goebbels recognized the potential of the story and the blunt fact is that on that night much of Britain’s industrial prestige sank with the ship. Beyond that, the script writer can choose which elements they want to highlight or introduce.

    Earlier interpretations of the story emphasized the power of nature over puny humans, hubris, cowardice and bravery in the classical manner. You could also write a modern managerial one about safety regulations and failures to communicate properly – there was a secondary theme about the failure of the Californian to respond – or, if you liked, a class-based analysis since your chances of survival were better if you had paid more for your ticket.

    Goebbels had a heroic fictional German second officer inserted and other Germanzieded characters substituted, underpinnung the event with a stock-ramping story which had no factual basis but sounded plausible.

    However, by the time the film came to be shown – making was a protracted affair which turned out to be technically more difficult than first thought – events had overtaken the Reich. There was a danger that the film would be seen as an oblique criticism not of the British but of the German High Command and specifically Hitler as the captain of that ship.

    He arranged a few showings outside Germany, then stuck it in a vault and forbade anyone to look at it. Poley argues that during the making of the film, the screenplay itself was subverted so that what was ostensibly an anti-British propaganda film (and the Brits certainly thought so, continuing to ban it after the war) could, from a slightly more sophisticated viewpoint, be seen as a damning critique of Nazism.

    Poley argues that Goebbels furiously recognized that he had been sold a pup, and this and that was why he hurriedly made excuses for the horrendous expense of the film and shut it away.

    I agree with your EU analysis but think that the Ship of Dreams hitting an iceberg remains a tale on to which other interpretations can be projected.

    • April 16, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      “Germanized”. Sorry, can’t get the edit to work.

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