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The Great War
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Hatred and Hunger
American soldiers celebrating end of war
American soldiers celebrating end of war
With the armistice of November 11, 1918, the war was over, however, the world could not return to the way it was - to what was 'normal.' Four empires had disappeared, a new menace labeled "Bolshevism" arose, and millions of people tasted the ideas and feelings associated with nationalism, national self-determination and democracy. The peace that followed the war was not one that was likely to last. The efforts to adjust to the war and what people experienced during and after World War I would dominate decisions in every area for the rest of the century. For millions, the war would continue for months, years and even decades after November 11th.  
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War Without End
Post-war socialist demonstration, Berlin
Post-war socialist demonstration, Berlin
The Great War had been the worst disaster in history. Nine million soldiers were killed. Four empires had collapsed and large parts of France, Belgium and Russia lay devastated. The old order had been decimated and a new one was taking shape -- and this struggle would prove even bloodier than the war itself.
Millions of people - military and civilian - in every combatant nation had to cope with the war experience and its aftermath. Some people tried not to remember the war, while others built monuments to those who had died. Many went to the grave burdened by the unanswered question: "What did it all mean?"

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Yashka Yashka
Battalion of Death
Woodrow Wilson Woodrow Wilson
The Versailles Treaty
Siegfried Sassoon Siegfried Sassoon
Gentleman-writer turned soldier
Wilfred Owen Wilfred Owen
Dulce Et Decorum Est

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