Friday, 29 November 2013

The Nightmare of History

For many reasons I have resumed writing my book centred on the Magical Battle of Britain and Dion Fortune. It looks into the background of both world wars, seeing the roots of 1940 in the first decade of the century.

I shall be publishing some teaser extracts over the coming months before hopefully delivering the finished result next year.

On February 28th 1900, barely into the New Year and century, there were serious discussions in France concerning a possible invasion of Britain. The two nations were the main players in the so-called ‘Scramble for Africa’ and they had recently almost come to blows in 1898 in the Sudan. France wanted Britain to accept her takeover of Morocco. Britain wanted her sphere of influence in Egypt and the Sudan left alone. Britain was involved in the deeply unpopular Boer War and was being heavily criticised by Germany on behalf of some of her citizens caught up in it. France tried to cultivate Germany against Britain. A conflict spanning the globe was envisaged. Maybe an expedition to Egypt a century or so after Napoleon? Burma could be attacked from French Indo China. Maybe the Russians could be persuaded to attack India? Britain’s biggest issue in Foreign Policy was the ‘Great Game’ with Russia that was played out on the borders of India and in China. Clearly, international relations were somewhat mutable considering that, within a decade, Britain and France would be locked into an alliance with Russia that led them into the catastrophic war against Germany. This all helps to intensify the sense of the horror of 1914 and underline Gurdjieff’s estimation of the human race as sleepwalkers.