Sources to peruse:
In addition to what we’ve done in class, our screening of the 2018 film directed by Peter Jackson, They Shall Not Grow Old, and your examination of the following powerful websites/online exhibitions:
- World War I via photographs
- World War I by the numbers
- 5 Things You Need to Know about World War I
- The firsts of World War I
- The first World War: The Study of a Global Conflict. For this site, poke around. This site is SIMPLY AMAZING. Pay particular attention to these sections:
#1: Origins [3:16]
#3: Empires [3:29]
#5: Slaughter [5:05]
And make sure you click on the interactives between the horizontal number menu along
the lower part of the screen.
The four BIG questions I’d like you to address in this post depend on your thoughtful and careful examination of the five items above. As you respond, please make specific reference to these five items AS WELL AS anything relevant from class.
- We can debate the whys behind the war, the long-term and short-term causes (and I’m sure you’ve taken tests in other classes about this) etc. but here’s the essential question that matters: What was the point? What was gained from this war? What was lost? Why did it matter?
- What lessons should we learn from this war? (And by extension, what lessons did the world learn—at the time?)
- There are folks who argue that there was a world before the First World War and an entirely different world afterwards. Is that true? What changed forever?
- And finally, why is it important to understand World War I and learn about it, even if we can argue that war = insanity, (this one in particular)?