…MOST of the violence in the world is, at root, a fratricidal fight?
I was looking into a new book (recommended on the Ace of Spades) – Archduke Ferdinand Lives!, which looks at the possibility of WWI never happening, when the Duke survived.
And, it made me think – what proportion of global interactions occur because of entangled familial relationships?
We all know that the most vicious fights happen between relatives – brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, cousins, and so on.
In WWI, many of the combatants were closely related. In the picture below, the leaders of opposing sides were actually cousins.
And, many others in the ruling castes of those countries were likewise interrelated through marriage or birth.
They were, often, educated in the same schools. They traveled to the same resorts. They summered in the same locations.
But, as we all know, those you are most closely associated with can also drive you to almost homicidal rage, often abetted by a spouse who has other loyalties (and, women being what they are, a desire/need to ‘score’ off a social rival). No one can drive you crazy like your own family.
Think of the closely related nature of the new upper classes, who intermarry within a narrow range of acquaintances. When, and if, the cracks in those alliances show up, the damage may be irreparable.