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World War I It was The War To End All Wars- a senseless slaughter that set the stage for the bloodiest century in human history Yet it was more than just a war between nations It was a war between what was and what was to be The old world was dying and the new world had yet to be born People of all classes and nations saw it as some great cleansing fire that would accelerate this battle and lead to a better world But when it was over more than men had died in the mud of the battlefields The I dreams of progress along with the innocence of the pre-war world faith in God and hope in the future all died in the trenches of Europe World War I was so terrible and so titanic a struggle that its memory haunts us still even in the 21st century No previous conflict had ever been as brutal or as vast in scale and its scars were so deep that it came to be known simply as The Great War World War I is commonly seen as a watershed between two distinct periods of history in many ways marking the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th It was certainly the fist war of the 20th century in terms of its scale and the lethal power of the weaponry involved At the time however it had very real links with the 19th century none more obvious than the ideas and beliefs that shaped national and social attitudes and contributed to a climate of mutual hostility between the Great Powers of Europe The 19th century witnessed the cultivation of that hostility the 20th century the reaping Great Power Relationships The states of Europe moved to war in 1914 not simply because of immediate political issues and events but as the result of profound economic and social changes in Europe
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