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Germany surrendered after defeating russia in the

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Unformatted text preview: Germany surrendered after defeating Russia in the East and having no foreign troops on German soil at the time of the Armistice. The power of any war is tremendous. To pit normally civilized human beings in a position where they may not only die, but be forced to kill in order to survive, should be something a world as both morally and philosophically advanced as this. Although the Great War was not the first, nor sadly, the last conflict, the picture of two of the most civilized nations sending not just troops, but human beings at each other is a difficult thing to acknowledge. Bäumer illustrates his perception the he was “madly savage and raging; we will kill, for they are still our mortal enemies, their rifles and bombs are aimed against us, and if we don’t destroy them, they will destroy us” (115). This is the upfront, in- your-face attitude of a man pitted in such combat; this is the mindset of a soldier. Eksteins , M. (1989). Rites of spring . New York, NY: First Mariner Books Addition. Purseigle, P. (2006, February). The reverberations of "total war" . Retrieved from http://www.h- net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=11436 Remarque, Erich Maria. All Quiet on the Western Front . Trans. A. W. Wheen. New York: Fawcett, 1982. Print....
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