The Melting-Pot of War
There have been few years during the twentieth century in which a major war was not being waged, but the machinery of destruction reached its zenith in the Second World War and in the war in Vietnam. These were the cauldrons in which the structure of white dominance was melted and broken. The wars which came before were a prelude, though themselves contributing to the transformation.
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