“…Behind all the governments and the armies there was a big subterranean movement going on, engineered by very dangerous people.”
by 800 Pound Gorrilla / (Edited by henrymakow.com)
“The Thirty-Nine Steps” (1915) a novel by John Buchan (1875-1940) initially suggests — then backs off the notion of a “Jewish” hand driving events leading up to World War One: particularly, the assassination of the Austrian Crown Prince, Franz Ferdinand.
Was Buchan attempting to tell the reader something about the real reasons behind the First World War? He was in a position to know: he served as a British soldier, barrister, member of parliament and imperial statesman.
In an opening dedication to a friend, Thomas Arthur Nelson, Buchan refers to his era as a time “when the wildest fictions are so much less improbable than the facts.”
In the first chapter, the protagonist, Hannay, is told by a mysterious stranger of an “international conspiracy” aimed at turning the armies of Russia and Germany against one another. The conflict will be precipitated by the assassination of the Greek prime minister, Karolides.