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When The Lamps Went Out In Europe

August 3, 2011 by  

For most of the past century, this week was known as the time when “the lamps went out in Europe.” On Aug. 1, 1914, Germany declared war on Russia. On Aug. 2, 1914, Turkey signed a military pact with Germany. On Aug. 3, 1914, Germany declared war on France and invaded Belgium. On Aug. 4, 1914, Britain declared war on Germany.

By the time hostilities ended, the “old order” had been destroyed throughout Europe, paving the way for the rise of communism in Russia, Nazism in Germany, fascism in Italy and socialism in England.

On Aug. 3, 1914, British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey declared: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.” His pessimistic prediction wasn’t entirely true, but much of the civilized world would be overturned.

–Chip Wood


Chip Wood

is the geopolitical editor of He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference.

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  • Mike W.

    Chip, one correction! There was no country by the name of Turkey in 1914. It was the Ottoman Empire in its last glorious days. Turkey came into existance in 1923 after the 622 year Ottoman Empire collapsed.
    A year ealier was the most detrimental in the history of the U.S.
    1913 saw the establishment of the Federal Reserve System, the income tax & the most restrictive drugs laws ever passed by Congress. Many states began passing compulsory education laws, too & increased taxes to support public education. Almost a century later, we all are paying a tremendous price for the consequences of these actions!

    • http://gunner689 gunner689

      The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. Wonder what would would have happened if Britan and the US would have not gotten involved in WWW1 ? Would the Soviet Union and communism have flourished? Would the Middle East be a collection of evil empires ? Would WWW 11 have hapeened ? Would French people still smell funny?

    • s c

      Those dates in history also saw the start of our being suckered into wars that should have been avoided. Woodie Wilson and FDR [both of them posers and false elitists] said ‘I won’t send your boys to those foreign wars.’ In effect, both were lying #%@^$&^*.
      Enforced education was another Frankenstein creation of the world’s false elites. Slowly, America’s education system has rotted from within. The wealth it took to implement indoctrinaire-style education was squandered via social engineering schemes. Those who got the most benefit were – of course – politicians.

  • John_in_CA

    The owners of the Fed and their ilk have been colluding to rob us for over 300 years, and the IMF is on track to become their global vehicle to world domination. The oligarchs have their fingernails on the brass ring, and it looks as if they are fomenting a nuclear war in Central Asia to seal the deal. Americans are cleaning their guns, and the second American Revolution has already gone global. Sir Grey’s prediction was not only completely true, he was too optimistic; the lamps began winking out before he was born, and they may not be relit before your grandchildren have grandchildren.

  • FlaJim

    Chip, you left out a few pertinent details. First, The Austro-Hungarian Empire went to war against Serbia. Russia, which has always had a soft spot for Serbia because they share the same alphabet, declared war on the Austro-Hungarians.

    Germany was required by treaty to respond to Russian threats against their Austro-Hungarian allies. France then declared war (required by treaty) on Germany as did Britain. France, Russia, and Britain were tied by the Tripartite Treaty. Italy jumped in on their side because they had coveted portions of Austria for years.

    The war that had started as just another Balkan dispute spiraled out of control with no discernable aim other than to ‘win.’ Germany, a pawn in all of this, somehow became the bogeyman, possibly because it had the best military in the world.

  • Cindy

    Great article. They got us into this mess, and enough is enough.


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