I think a lot of the time there is no good point or reason to war. The most surface level reason would be for revenge, territory, or some type of materialistic gains. This war is an example of that. From this war, I can safely say that human lives were lost. It is that way with all wars. Besides the loss of human lives, the survivors still lost something. They lost their limbs, innocence, parts of their lives, and more. I’ve learned in my history classes that wars often boost the economy but it can also bring it down in certain cases. Take the United States, for example, we were in a recession before the war. World War 1 opened up space and created jobs for people, thus improving the economy. As bad as this sounds, the deaths that were brought upon by the war freed up space in the industry. It’s horrible, but it’s true. This being said, though, it did not make it easier for the veterans to find jobs. Referring back to what we watched in class, the veterans were often discriminated against by employers. This war matters as the tension that came from the "ending" led to future wars like World War 2. You cannot understand WW2 without knowing about WW1.
We should learn that war is not something that is just for fun. It is serious and will always be a serious matter. In the documentary we watched, it started off with descriptions of men joining the war just because their friends joined or because of peer pressure. We heard multiple stories of officers deliberately telling young kids to lie about their age so they could be legally accepted. In “World War One in numbers,” it is said that the youngest British soldier was a 12 year old boy. It is said that he lied about his age, but the appearance of a preteen and an 18 year old are drastically different. It’s horrible to realize that people that young can just be accepted into the army so freely.
It is true that the world was entirely different after WW1. Before the war, the United States was in a recession. Then, when the U.S. joined, our economy started rising again. People were not living life the way that people after WW1 were. In “Firsts of the First World War,” the site lists off where the advancements have been made including the technological, medical, and scientific industry. World War One was the first major time when women were seen as people that could work arduously. Before that, women were expected to do all the menial things. Although women were not hired into these jobs immediately after the war ended, it still introduced them to the possibilities. It's crucial to understand WW1 as it was the first ever "major" war. Without this happening, like at least 60% of the world would not be what it is today. After World War 1, empires and countries shifted. Some of the countries began their decline after participating, like the Ottoman Empire. Our planet would be entirely different if it weren’t for this war.