“The First World War” Helped Create The World As We Know It

May 10, 2017 — World War I was the “War to End All Wars;” yet the peace treaty that ended it was one of the causes of World War II, just 20 years later.

It re-shaped the world, upset dynasties that had ruled the world for hundreds of years, broke down established social orders. It changed social norms, altered people’s view of the social order, and led to the Russian revolution.
On some levels, it was the beginning of the modern world. On another level, it has been considered by many to have been a waste of twenty million lives.

Both of those statements are over simplified, but almost 100 years after the war ended (November 11, 1918), it is barely understood.

This ten-part documentary brings into focus the history and horrors that were part of a war that claimed a massive number of civilian lives, called colonial soldiers to fight for Empires that were ending, and shows how close Germany came to winning the war.

This is a clear and fascinating exploration of a little-known war, using archival footage and excerpts by Winston Churchill, Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen), Georges Clemenceau, David Lloyd George, Siegfried Sassoon and Rudolf Hess, among others.

Stream the fascinating ten-part series, The First World Waron Amazon Video.

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