Chapter 8: The Holocaust, World War II, & the Cold War: “Nightmares in Modern States—Can We Ever Wake Up?”

If you thought World War I was depressing, “you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.” The mid-20th-century was when the fate of Western civilization—and all civilization—rested in the balance. From the vision, dreams, and plans of the 14th-19th centuries emerged the 20th: the most destructive century in human existence; the century that threatened not only human survival, but threatened all life on this planet; the century that still forces us to examine ourselves and the monstrosity within the human race. Will we survive? Shall we overcome, some day? The future will tell. Until then, let’s take a look at the darkest moments of Western civilization.