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Looking back – to the year 1935 – «Germany Re-armed»

mai 14, 2010

“The China Journal, Vol. XXII, May 1935, No. 5″, under «Events and comments» by editor Arthur de C. Sowerby:

It is with a severe shock that the various European Governments have awakened to the fact that Germany has succeeded in fully re-arming, and now appears to be ready to enforce demands that she has been making for some time past. The inevitable answer to Germany is an all round increase of armaments, and there can be but one outcome to this, namely, another World War.

The horrors of such a happening cannot be described, but one thing is certain – it will be a war on civilians. While there are many who still believe in great armies of infantrymen, we doubt very much wether these will play any important part in the next war, for the reason that belligerant nations will concentrate on aerial attacks upon the great  industrial and commercial centres behind the fighting lines, which may easily mean that the armies in the field will become completely isolated and useless.

One other thing also is certain, and that is that, if the civilians of the world allow another World War to take place, they will have deserved everything they may get.»

Arthur de C. Sowerby could not have been more right …

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Looking back – to Shanghai – year 1935

april 27, 2010

«The China Journal, Vol. XXII, January 1935, No. 1», editor Arthur de C. Sowerby.

by Arthur de C. Sowerby

As we enter upon the year 1935 an unmistakable feeling of optimism is in evidence on all sides.  The consensus of opinion concerning the past year is that it has been a bad one.  As events are shaping themselves we are justified in arriving at the conclusion that it has been a critical one in the history of mankind, for, by recognizing and facing up to some of the dangers that have been threatening the world, it would seem that we are well on the way to overcome those dangers and to eliminate many of the difficultis that beset the path leading to the Utopia for which all long.

In the United States of America it is claimed by those who should know that the President’s \»New Deal\» policy has resulted in definite signs of economic recovery.  Everything, as far as we can see, points that way.
There is the same feeling of optimism in the air as far as Great Britain is concerned, recent announcements having been made in the press by prominent statesmen to the effect that the corner has been turned  in the terrible depression that has prevailed during the last five years. (forts. …)