Coubertin Quote for Oct, 09
The wars that threaten our future (will) erupt as the result of a protracted failure of countries to understand each other, the very same lack of understanding that has caused … so many catastrophes in the past.

In 1927, the Greeks invited Baron Pierre de Coubertin to travel to Olympia so they could honor him with the installation of a marble monument commemorating his Olympic achievements.  The trip included an opportunity for the Baron to deliver a lecture at the prestigious Academy of Athens (pictured below) where he spoke “On the Transformation and Spread of Historical Studies: Their Character and Consequences.” In his address, he asserted that the study of history was essential to recognizing the causes of war and maintaining peace in contemporary times.  He delivered a wide ranging treatise on the benefits of understanding the history of the world, and took the opportunity to explain the approach he took to writing his just completed four-volume “Universal History.” Of course, the Baron believed the Olympic Games would help foster the international amity and understanding essential to overcoming the ignorance that can lead to war.

“History lies at the heart of all contemporary upheavals. The wars in our recent past were steeped in historic origins. The wars that threaten our future are even more so. These wars erupt as the result of a protracted failure of countries to understand each other, the very same lack of understanding that has caused, or at least facilitated, so many catastrophes in the past.”