What was the most important event of the 1940? What led the world where it stands today?
The answer can, obviously, vary according person to person.
Around here, the most popular answer would be the 15th of August, 1947, the day India earned independence from the Brutish Empire.
Oh, pardon me, I meant to say the British Empire. My auto-correct tends to malfunction at times, you know. Totally an honest mistake…
Some of the more learned of us might argue that the 26th of November, 1949, the day our constitution was ratified, went a long way forward in making us who we are today. However, the constitution did not actually come into effect for another two months, so… Different decade…
Further West, the 8th of May, 1945 holds a significant place, being the day the Germans surrendered in World War II, although the war officially did not end till 2nd of September.
Regardless, it is safe to say that the end of the Second World War also marked the end of the old world order, and it shaped the world that our past generations have known. The subsequent decolonisation, the establishment of the United Nations, and the growth of modern powers was all a consequence of the same.
In my opinion, however, the day of the new beginning should be considered far more important. To wit, the 17th of July, 1945 marks the day Chairman Stalin of Russia, President Truman of the US, and Prime Minister Churchill of the UK met in Potsdam, and essentially laid the foundations for the world order that lasted for, one might estimate, 45 years. Perhaps we could discuss more about that, some other time.
Considering that, it seems ironic how, over the past week, the current POTUS has held successive meetings with the current heads of both the UK and Russia. And from what we know about the content and the nature of both the meetings, it would not be overly dramatic to believe that we have reached another of those interesting junctures in history where the entire fabric of the world is unwinded.
Let us take another couple of weeks to explore exactly what that might entail.
I do believe I must warn you in advance. These could get somewhat bleak.
After all, this may just be the beginning of an end.