Then came along ideas, ideals and various sorts of interventions, perhaps born out of needless convention. Amazing sort that human race like in a daze without remembrance of time. Another regime, another day, another land and the list goes on. Today it is the Ukraine, tomorrow I’ll tend to my old vines!
From Parthenon to Kiev the idea is very much the same, the players change, the game does not, it never changes viewed through the lens of time. For a coup d’etat, or a Putsch enjoy the “insight” from the Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica below.
“coup d’état, also called Coup, the sudden, violent overthrow of an existing government by a small group. The chief prerequisite for a coup is control of all or part of the armed forces, the police, and other military elements. Unlike a revolution, which is usually achieved by large numbers of people working for basic social, economic, and political change, a coup is a change in power from the top that merely results in the abrupt replacement of leading government personnel. A coup rarely alters a nation’s fundamental social and economic policies, nor does it significantly redistribute power among competing political groups. Among the earliest modern coups were those in which Napoleon overthrew the Directory on Nov. 9, 1799 (18 Brumaire), and in which Louis Napoleon dissolved the assembly of France’s Second Republic in 1851. Coups were a regular occurrence in various Latin American nations in the 19th and 20th centuries and in Africa after the countries there gained independence in the 1960s.”
Apparently these editors have some memory lapses and you wonder if the “Ukraine Coup” will be listed there in another 50 years.
Those who saw the movie Z in 1969 will remember it very well, and those to young to remember will just have to study history a bit harder or see the movie.