Discussion 1 - Discussion#1 World War I or the Great War Marc Boykins LIB 316 Historical Content and Literature Jill Steiner Instructor March 3 2016 The

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Discussion #1: World War I or the Great WarMarc BoykinsLIB 316 Historical Content and LiteratureJill Steiner, InstructorMarch 3, 2016The Great War, as it came to be known as World War I. This war was extensive and a punishing trial of shocking new weapons and large amount of causalities. This war became known as a symbol of an utter of pointlessness (Van Tuyll, Bahm, &Enright, 2011). The tension in Europe ignited a world war that changed our entire nation for good and bad. The Pressures in Europe initiated World War I or The Great War. This was considered the war to end all wars. World War I involved more nations, used technological weapons. Machine guns, barbed wire, tanks, flame throwers, chemical weapons, airplanes and submarines, is why it resulted in more deaths than any previous war (Van Tuyll, Bahm, &Enright, 2011). The United States did not involve themselves in World War I until 1917. The United States aided Britain andFrance to defeat Germany and its allies. The war led to the collapse of empires and the rise of new nations (Appleby, Brinkley, Broussard, McPherson, & Ritchie, 2006). The debacle or problems that caused sudden public disgrace or shame from the effects of World War I, was racism and resulted in more deaths than any war. The British Empire suffered 908,000 deaths and in France 1,300,000 deaths were recorded in World War I (Neiberg, n.d.). World War I, created a feeling of superiority over other countries and placing an important emphasis on the advancement of its culture and wellbeing as opposed to those of other nations or
groups, otherwise known as nationalism (The Great War, n.d.). World War I created the major elements of 20th-century history, Genocide emerged as an act of World War I. The use of poisongas on the battlefield. World War I completely transformed the international system. As a result of World War I, our political system became an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization, which led to the development of the left wing communistmovement (The Great War, n.d.).”This book is to be neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it. It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped shells, were destroyed by the war (Remarque, 1929). This is the thesis statement for the entire novel, it get straight to the point without giving up very many details. “Least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it (Remarque, 1929). New weapons and technology and the style of fighting made killing easy. “An astonishing number of English heavies opened up on us with high explosive, drumming ceaselessly on our position. I am imagining 50 men in rat-infested trenches, which held at least fifty men, in each trench the frontline, the support and the reserves (Danzer, Klor de Alva, Krieger, Wilson, & Woloch, 2006). In chapter four he describes the deadly gasses that filled the air as machine guns were ground shaking similar to an earthquake. “They smell the air, acrid with smoke. The fumes of powder can be tasted and the guns make the earthquake” (Remarque, 1929). I also notice the comparison between the veteran recruits and young recruits. It explains how the veterans can handle this while the rookies are shaking in their boots, "A tense waiting” (Remarque, 1929). Now that fighting has ceased for themoment, Remarque describes how Paul only thinks about the death and wounded, how a soldier removes himself from his mental state in order to endure the shock from the war. No matter

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