Chapter 1[image] The Great War

In This Chapter
  • Overview of the causes of the war
  • Entangling alliances
  • The impact of technology
  • Deadlock follows advance on the Western Front
  • War of grand movement on the Eastern Front
  • Armistice and a doomed peace

Soldiers, sailors, and airmen involved worldwide: 65,038,810. Military deaths worldwide: 8,020,780. Civilian deaths worldwide: 6,642,633. Military wounded world wide: 21,228,813. Approximate monetary cost in early twentieth-century dollars: $281,887,000,000.

This was the Great War. It’s hard to imagine a catastrophe greater or more devastating, yet the conflict of 1914–1918 is no longer called by its original name, the ...

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