Arrogant Romans of the third Millennium, you are delirious!
Your knowledge does not complete nature, but only kills your own. For once, please, Childs of Greece, measure your height as a knower against your depth as a responsible person who can do something. Of course, you clamber on the time rays of Kronos towards salvation, but you also climb downward to Kaos' fury. At least, be brave enough to face your fantasies and try to understand you're already deeply exploited by the myth of the world wars.
Not to mention cultural divergences on facts' importance, there is something extremely sinister in the commonly accepted way of presenting 20th century's history. As a result of a simplification process most of us see it as a linear and continuous timeline with two important periods - World Wars.
Cold war is generally not accepted as a third one and except for mister W, present time is definitely not accepted as a another issue - a fourth one?
But don't you see it's a little too chewed up to simplify the first trigger with a conspiracy assassination in Sarajevo and the second one as a result of the first one? Balkan tensions are easy to blame. Remember when your grand parents were loudly claiming they would rather put Hitler in charge than the Jews. Stakes are easy to blame. Wouldn't it be equally consistent to start First World War back to 1871
? Paris is easy to blame.
A more relevant standpoint would not try to fit those singularities in any scary definitions or delimited periods, but rather to accept your belief in War as the continuous process at work. But then be very vigilant, this elevates you up to a critical Nietzschean superhistorical standpoint.
To keep it up with this, you need the hyper-context in which history is clearly and thoroughly grasped. You'll know -- as even the greatest and highest spirits of our specie do not know -- how your eyes have acquired the way in which you see and the way in which you constantly demand that everyone see - constantly because the intensity of your awareness becomes radically different. A serious person who has not, through many examples, specifically determined, known and grasped this point is overthrown by the appearance of a mighty conspiracy who in a given shape presents the highest form of fanatical dedication - exactly where your greatest pitfalls lie.
However, let me leave hyper-history to its despair. Today for once, Romans, be joyful with your lack of wisdom and make your day happy for yourselves as active and progressive people, as men who revere the process.
Let your evaluation of the historical be only a western bias.