Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS

War IndexGlossaryEducational ResourcesAbout the Show
The Great War
Prologue Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Timeline Maps & Battles The Shaping of the 21st Century Historians
Historians OverviewStephane Audoin-Rouzeau

The Birth of Modernity
Stephane Audoin_Rouzeau
"I think, that in our eyes, it's obvious that the First World War changed the world.

"And [the war] was a moment of passage between the 19th Century and 20th Century, and was a beginning of modernity in a way. I think that the French people were not aware of the change brought by the First World War. Of course they could see a huge change that occurred in the rest of Europe, but that was in the countries who had lost the war.

"But French people didn't lose the war, so they couldn't change.

"That is the way the French society looked at itself after 1918, and it needed time for French people to consider that they couldn't escape the consequences of the war. It's only in the middle 20s that, for part of French society and especially the middle classes, people became aware that their century had changed completely."

 
Back to Top     

Home Prologue Explosion/Stalemate Total War/Slaughter Mutiny/Collapse Hatred & Hunger/War Without End

Timeline Maps & Battles Shaping of the 21st Century Historians War Index Resources About the Show
 
Copyright © 1996 - 2004 Community Television of Southern California. All rights reserved.