Parallels with First World War doing historian’s head in
THE parallels with the First World War are totally doing a historian’s head in, it has been confirmed.
Julian Cook, professor of early 20th Century history at Roehampton University, has admitted he dreads reading the newspapers because ‘it is just one massive headfuck after another’.
He said: “It’s got to the stage where my wife won’t let me speak. All I’m allowed to do is point at the front page of the Guardian while looking at her with an expression of sheer horror.
“We have a strongly nationalistic, strategically significant eastern European country deciding its fate, while three empires stand waiting in the wings, rattling their sabres. It is freaking me the fuck out.”
He added: “I talk to my historian pals and they’re like, ‘no way, that’s totally what I was thinking’. And then we all shout ‘powder keg’ in unison and have a bit of a giggle.
“It relieves the tension, but seriously, we’re all terrified.”
Professor Cook said the fact it was also the 100th anniversary of the First World War was ‘spooky’.
“Honestly, you want to try being a historian at the moment. Mental.”