"The Great War" as it was known at the time was also said to be the "war to end all wars." It seized all of Europe and much of the rest of the world in its grip of death and destruction. The first truly modern war, it changed how war-and peace-would be conducted throughout the remainder of the twentieth century and even to the present. The Great War was a time of "firsts" and opened the door to the modern era. Almost all the major developed countries had a role to play in this war, as they never had before. This was the first time for fighting on land, at sea, and in the air. Modern weapons and munitions were developed in previously unimaginable quantities. By the end of the war, international politics, the relationships between the individual and the state, gender relations, and the role of artists and the media were all drastically changed. World War I laid the foundation for the modern world. This course examines the major events of the war to further understand how they led to the shaping of this new world.
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by John Ramsden
by John Phillips
by John Jantsch
by John Flanagan
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"Being a successful college lecturer doesn't guarantee that one can narrate an audiobook. In fact, more often than not, the skills don't translate. But in the case of John Ramsden, professor of modern history at Queen Mary University in London, the transition is a smooth one as he relates the political, technological, and cultural changes that came out of the Great War (1914-1918) and how they shaped our world. Using music, poetry, and other fine arts, Professor Ramsden explores the role of women, attitudes about nationalism, the antiwar movement, and the shifting tides of military ethics. His speaking style is clear, comfortable, and charming. S.E.S. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"
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