Understanding the great war

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In Understanding the Great War, Rouzeau and Lecker discuss many different aspects of the First World War. According to them this war was a drastic change in the history of modern warfare because of the new technologies that were introduced during this time period. Violence is one of the major topics in the book, and some of the statistics are staggering. However, the idea is that violence is not only about the war and deaths of soldiers, but rather that same violence is experienced by civilians as well. It also looks at how the civilians were treated while under enemy control. The next section in the book is called “Crusade” and the idea of this section mentions how the role of hatred and racism played a role in making the violence of war worse. The section labeled “Mourning” is targeted at the idea of mourning the loss of members of the military. However, they also mentioned how history has lacked in telling the history of the mourning for the civilians who were lost. “The only worldwide coherence was that of violence, which swept everything along in its wake (Rouzeau & Lecker, 61).” This quote perfectly describes how the First World War ultimately destroyed everything in its path. Death was obviously huge factor in the First World War, and this is one example of how drastic the death toll was, “Great Britain, which lost 147 men per day in 1939-45, lost 457 men a day, three times as many, a quarter of a century before (Rouzeau & Lecker, 23).” This is where Rouzeau and Lecker begin to address how this new deadly combat changed death. “Disease was responsible for the deaths of one-sixth of the fighting men who were swallowed up by the Great War. Not only did the nature of death during combat change in 1914-18, but so did the natu... ... middle of paper ... ...aders from the east. Russian propaganda twisted to its own advantages the terror that so-called Cossack troops had inspired in Germans for centuries (Rouzeau & Lecker, 49).” This is just one example of propaganda, however all the countries used different forms of propaganda to support their own agendas. We again see this idea in the Armenian deportations and massacres, and this idea is perpetuated throughout the early 20th century through World War Two. Understanding the Great War shows how immense the First World War really was. It shows how it not only affecting those fighting in the war, but those who were at home. Yes, the main aspect of the book is focusing on the front lines and the idea that they were the ones who suffered the most. However, Rouzeau and Lecker easily show how those who were at home also suffered and are left out by our retelling of history.
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