Running head: HISTORY OF WAR
HISTORY OF WAR
Should Historical Wars be remembered?
History of wars and conflicts dates back to ancient times of evolution and revolution. Amongst the cause of disputes then included dominance-quests and superiority complex. With the upcoming of Agrarian revolution, came the demands to have control over resources amidst a vastly increasing population. The concept of survival of the fittest laid the strongest foundation for conflicts, including the most recent disagreements in the modern world (Johnson, 2014). Industrial age made the situation even worse in the history of wars because there were those who got employment and those who didn’t. Internal wars and crimes increased amongst them being robbery with violence. The history of war has escalated with time and tactics, thereby indicating a stealthy milestone of weaponry and complexity (Johnson, 2014). Should historical wars be remembered? Yes it should be, because it is through wars that people have established themselves independently as countrymen. Remembrance is a positive sign of evaluation through which nations can know where there faults were and make improvements. Surely once bitten, twice shy.
Remembering Historical Wars is a Recognition of Current Nations Establishments
History began by specific places being documented as the cradles of mankind. Certain races established themselves in particular geographical locations for many reasons with one of them mostly being war. Historical wars between races, ethnicities and communities made it possible for people to prefer various geographical locations for purposes of defense against offense and for food security (Finney, 2010). Israel for instance, is one of the heavily contested pieces of real estate in the history of conflicts. Religious affiliations and traditional norms make the land to be special to various interest groups such that neither is willing to give it up. Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is a Jew who openely proclaimed, through an interview with CNN that Israel was their ancestral land before they were driven out of it by Romans. He added that by the time they were exiled to Germany, they had historical establishments in the vicinity and those sites are still their treasure to date (Finney, 2010).
He added that even after being massacred by the Germans, Adolf Hitler, in the World War One and Two, the EU declaration of 1946 saw it best that they are sent back to their ancestral land, Israel (Shimshoni, 1990). That history is what makes the Israelites believe that they are the right owners of that land. The spirit of defending their ancestral land to the best of their abilities is bestowed on the fact that they are able to remember their historical wars. Other scholars would argue that it would constantly inflict pain of historical injustices to wounds that are meant to heal by now, which to some extent may be true. Racial segregation and hatred could also be driven alongside the remembrance of historical wars, which most countries have prepared to counter (Winter, 1998). Nevertheless, sometimes a choice between agony and survival has to be made and it is that which makes Israel to continue thriving in the Middle-East.
A Country is Stronger when it makes Improvements on Her Historical Wars
Examining failures of a country that led to its defeat gives it a second chance to reevaluate where it went wrong and how it can improve its tactics and weapons to defend her borders better next time. A country like Russia currently headed by President Putin is the second strongest nation on earth after the Superpower, USA. It was back in the 1980s and early 1990s a Soviet Union that collapsed and was at the brink of sinking into poverty. Russian allies were falling out to become independent (Shimshoni, 1990). Countries like Ukraine and Georgia which were initial USSR are now independent. President Putin is considered one of the greatest and most powerful leaders in the world mainly because he revived the strength of Russia. Remembering their historical wars such as defeating Adolf Hitler of Germany, made them realize that they were stronger than their potential, and so they changed their minds (Shimshoni, 1990). Russia invested in developing more lethal weapon and increasing its military strength to the currently second strongest in the world. Putin made it possible for Russia to improve in research and space exploration including the Russian waters by providing and enabling environment.
USA is another country that has to be put on spotlight as the country that has grown to become the strongest in the world by remembering its historical wars. It is the country that has engaged in the largest number of wars in the entire world. They could run wars concurrently in close to all continents of the world (Shimshoni, 1990). It is in that position that she is always making advancements on her tactics and weapons out of what they evaluate from the wars that they engage in. Following the 9/11 attack on US soil, the country has made is almost impossible for the attackers to advance their aggression ever again by taking the war to them. The same was observed in Japan in 1945.
Once Bitten Twice Shy
Remembering history of war enables countries to know which nations are their enemies and those that are friendly. It is possible for countries to make better and more trusted deals with allies than enemies. With the evolution of biological weapons of war, nations may not readily engage in trading with enemy countries especially in organic products (Winter, 1998). The concept of understanding true nature of particular people of a nation is through remembering their war histories. It could be a harsh historical truth to swallow but remembering the war history of Germany will definitely give a clue that they are people who are racial discriminative following what they did to the Jews (Winter, 1998). The concept is not to refute them with what is known, but it also rather gives a guideline of clear decision making especially when it comes to matters relating to grouping them together in trade unions and partnerships.
Historical wars should be remembered because the wars are the only true and evident stories that traces the geographical location of nations and her borders today. It may be inhuman to some but a majority of countries that enjoy freedom and independence do so because they once fought for that which belonged to them. Failing to remember that, is undermining the efforts of fore fathers in the nations’ history. In addition, historical wars give opportunities for countries to have better defense and security that should always form a crystal basis of evaluation. The future of any country strongly depends on its past and so once it was treated unfairly with one country; it is prudent that they do not have the same approach another time.
Finney, P. (2010). Remembering the road to World War Two: international history, national identity, collective memory. Routledge.
Johnson, J. T. (2014). Just war tradition and the restraint of war: a moral and historical inquiry. Princeton University Press.
Shimshoni, J. (1990). Technology, Military Advantage, and World War I: A Case for Military Entrepreneurship. International Security, 15(3), 187-215.
Winter, J. (1998). Sites of memory, sites of mourning: The Great War in European cultural history. Cambridge University Press.