- Nov 2019
- United States
Cymru am byth! Chean!! Am an American of very mixed nationalities, proud of the Welsh part, on my sports blogs I use the Welsh Dragon as my icon. Love to spend more time on the River Wye (Afon Gwy), we spent about half a week there and plan to return as soon as my wife retires. We even talked about renting a house there for 6 months.But even that failure is historical - one of the most significant events of the second half of the twentieth century was the collapse of the Soviet Union. How profound a historical event was the destruction of the Berlin Wall or the end of the Warsaw Pact and the democratisation of Eastern Europe? How many wars in the second half of the century were proxy wars between East and West, or battles against the spread of communism? How much of American history was shaped by it's reaction to the Soviet Union and the Cold War? Being forced to give up any thoughts of isolationism, McCarthyism, the nuclear threat, Korea, Vietnam.....
In turn the Russian Federation today and the way it acts can only be looked at with an eye on the history of the USSR. Even it's existence is due to the removal of the Tsar by the revolution - I agree in all probability he probably wouldn't have lasted out WW1 (and we are back to the original question here), but who knows what Russia would be if the original provisional government had retained power? A constitutional Monarchy? Some type of democracy even?
The importance of the creation of America on the world is a given, but in barely a century the Russian revolution reshaped first Europe, and then the world, and even today we are still living with it's consequences.