Storms Over Luxembourg
Illustrated book version!
Publication Date: July 29, 2012
ISBN/EAN13: 1475140258 / 9781475140255
Page Count: 214
Binding Type: US Trade
Paper Trim Size: 6″ x 9″
Color:Black and White
Q: How does the 2012 printed version differ from the 2009 e-book version?
A: The 2012 printed version features more pictures as well as an added chapter entitled: DYING FOR FRANCE (17 pages) enumerating some 239 Luxembourgers, with their place & date of birth and date of death. They are honored in France as: MORTS POUR LA FRANCE.
Storms Over Luxembourg (e-Book).
World War I (1914-1918), the war to end all wars, devastated much of Europe. A small, neutral country, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, was the first country invaded on the western front by Imperial Germany. For four years Luxembourgers were confined within their small territory. Local politicians, rather than uniting against a common foe, discovered their Grand Duchess Marie-Adelaide, as an easy target. The poignant Punch and Judy show [German: Kasperle Theater], funny at any other time, threatened to obliterate the small country from the face of the earth. Marie-Adelaide was an easy target; always at the receiving end of Punch’s punishing wand.
Though the government of Luxembourg practiced a policy of strict neutrality towards all belligerents, that did not prevent thousands of Luxembourgers from fighting in Allied forces of France, Belgium and the United States of America. At the time, the largest contingent of Luxembourg natives, outside of the Grand Duchy, was found in the United States of America.
Mostly farmers; Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin were the immigrants chosen states to settle in the New World. Whether recent immigrants or of second or even third generation, many Luxembourg-Americans served in the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) under General John Joseph ‘Black Jack’ Pershing (1860-1948).
By all accounts Marie-Adelaide, the person, was a virtuous, profoundly pious human being. As the reigning monarch of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, she was instilled with an obsolete sense of divine mission, a sense alas no longer in synchronization with the emerging modern world. Grand Duchess, by the Grace of God, she exercised the prerogatives afforded to her by the constitution; her official deeds never strayed from the law’s legitimacy. Her behavior, actions and alleged private lapses were exploited ruthlessly by politicians to advance own agendas. In her times, in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, political parties had begun to take shape. The lines of demarcation between the conservative, liberal and socialist views of the world were still being solidified for the generations to come.
The basic political tenet of nineteenth century’s emperors and kings was that a nation had to be large in territory; the larger, the better. Size mattered. Post World War II European history has seemingly cracked that belief. The smaller, the better. The small European nations, many of them constitutional monarchies, have thrived. Maybe because their problems are proportionate to the size of the country or maybe because they are just a large family; eventually everybody within the country becomes related to everybody else. Whatever the reasons, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is prosperous, a firm supporter of a unified Europe for which her politicians from Joseph Bech, to Pierre Werner, Gaston Thorn, Jacques Santer and Jean-Claude Juncker, have often played the role of mediator between neighbors at odds. After all, they are the progeny of Lotharingia, the lands in the middle.
Storms Over Luxembourg is an e-book. No trees were harmed in its creation or distribution!
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Release date: August 15, 2009
Also available as a non-illustrated Kindle edition on www.amazon.com