Europe has always been a warring nation throughout its existence.TLanette
Yesterday, a journalist/talking-head/whatever had the nerve to compare the war in the Ukraine with conflicts in other countries. While carefully picking his code words, this man tried to say that this war was in a more civilized and developed place because it was in Europe. I shouldn’t be surprised by blatant racism even during times of war, but I am.
What this reporter failed to share is the long extensive history about the relationship between European countries and the continent’s interaction with the rest of the world. Europe has always been a warring nation throughout its existence.
Europe is the King of Wars and Conflicts as stated in the tweet above. In fact, if you do the historical research into “European Conflicts”, you will find out about the Crusades (1096-1291). Those were the wars between the Christians and the Muslims.
There was also the Thirty Years War (1618-1648), which “[started] as a battle among the Catholic and Protestant states that formed the Holy Roman Empire.” Thirty Years!! This was the beginning of the Holy Roman Empire. It also became a war about who would control the Europe.
Next, we had the English Civil Wars (1644-1651) which were in fact three civil wars about religious freedom and how England, Scotland, and Ireland would be governed. By this time there had been so much bloodshed over religious freedom and who would be the leader of Europe, that I’m surprised the continent made it to the 18th century.
Speaking of the 18th century, it opens with the Great Northern War (1700-1721) and ends with the French Revolutionary Wars (1792-1802). There were at least 42 wars and conflicts in between these two wars.
The point is that Europe, in addition to trying to conquer other countries throughout the world, spent their time fighting amongst its countries in the name of religious domination and superiority. I haven’t come close to highlighting the other conflicts that have occurred. (Peace and love to Northern Ireland.) You can find a list of Europe’s other wars and conflicts on this site.