Monday, January 28, 2008
This Day in the History of Tastes of the Future
Labels: Franco-Prussian War
The actions of Germany in the Franco-Prussian war were entirely indistinguishable from the bulk of European history (unqualified). When France was powerful and the rest of Europe weaker, France attacked. When Spain was powerful and the rest of Europe weaker, Spain attacked. When Sweden ....
Also, I think you have to count the USSR's "self slaughter" for the same reason that you have to count Germany's "self slaughter". While Germany didn't consider Jews, et al., to be Germans, the USSR didn't consider "Enemies of the Revolution" (of whatever description applied that day) to be true Soviets either.
For some interesting data, see this site. In 1600, Germany had a population of about 20 million. In 1648, the population had dropped to 10 million. By contrast, the population of Germany actually increased during WWII. During the same time, the population of Metropolitan France dropped by about a million (per this wikipedia page). For the USSR/Russia, this site indicates approximately a 5% decline between 1940 and 1950 that was more than made up by 1960.