World War I  

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"Rising nationalism and increasing national awareness were among the many causes of World War I (1914–1918), the first of two wars to involve many major world powers including Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Russia/USSR, the United States and the British Empire. World War I led to the creation of many new countries, especially in Eastern Europe. At the time it was said by many to be the "war to end all wars"."--Sholem Stein

"The putrid flesh, like the flesh of fishes, gleamed greenish-white through the rents in the uniform. I turned away and then started back in horror: close to me a figure cowered beside a tree. It wore the shining straps and belt of the French, and high upon its back there was still the loaded pack, crowned with a round cooking utensil. Empty eye-sockets and the few wisps of hair on the black and weathered skull told me that this was no living man." --Storm of Steel (1920) by Ernst Jünger

"The days stand like angels in gold and blue, beyond our grasp, over the circle of destruction."--All Quiet on the Western Front (1929) by Erich Maria Remarque

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World War I, also known as WWI, the First World War, the Great War, and "The War To End All Wars," was a global war which took place primarily in Europe between 1914 and 1918. More than nine million soldiers died and millions of civilians perished. The conflict had a decisive impact on the history of the 20th century.

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