Monday, November 11, 2013

Guns Silent

95 years ago today, the guns of the Great War fell silent – the last anniversary of Armistice Day before the centennial of the beginning of that same dreadful war.

On the same day, the Emperor of Austria renounced power and the Austro-Hungarian Imperial-Royal Family moved from Schönbrunn to internal exile at Eckartsau.

Two days prior, the German abdication had been announced.

Two days later, the Hungarian equivalent to the Austrian renunciation was signed at Eckartsau.

A world ended, it was the dawn of a new age, the era of Wilsonian mass democracy.

This eleventh of November is also the 66th anniversary famous dictum on democracy. It is too the anniversary of the House of Lords Act 1999.

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