Beyond 1917: the United States and the global legacies of the Great War

TitleBeyond 1917: the United States and the global legacies of the Great War
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2017
Series EditorZeiler, Thomas William, David Ekbladh, and Benjamin C. Montoya
Number of Pages336
PublisherOxford University Press
CityNew York, NY
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A massively destructive and transformative event, the First World War left in its wake many legacies. Beyond 1917 explores both the consequences of the war for the United States (and the world) and American influence on shaping the legacies of the conflict in the decades after US entry in 1917. From the fields, seas, and airspace of battle, we live today with the consequences of the Great War's poison gas, post-traumatic stress disorder, and technological inventions. Conscription, pacifism, humanitarian campaigns, and socialist movements emerged from the war to shape politics within countries for decades to come. Society changed- European empires were transformed and in some cases destroyed, and in the Middle East, the change was enormous. Fascism and communism, mass migration, independence, militarism, an influenza epidemic, the rise of Wall Street and American economic power, a slowdown in the process of globalization, and the pursuit of world peace by an organization based on collective security numbered among the most significant and lasting legacies of this conflict. Beyond 1917 explores how and why the war has become an integral milepost for human history, reflects the importance of the conflict, the forces that led to it, and the forces it unleashed. [UNC LIBRARY]

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D523 .B523 2017