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World War I, or the Great War, was believed to be "the war to end all wars". Because of the incredible extent of destruction and the staggering number of wounded and dead, even those who lived through it could scarcely comprehend its horror. Beginning in 1914, alliances between powerful nations soon plunged the world into a global conflict. Fighting - including miserable trench warfare - broke out in practically every corner of Europe and spread around the world to Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Inside you will hear about....

  • The Causes of World War I
  • The War in Europe: The Western Front
  • The War in the Balkans and the Ottoman Empire
  • The United States
  • Russia and the War in Eastern Europe
  • The Impact of World War I

And much more!

Even the peace treaty in 1919, which occurred during a deadly worldwide influenza pandemic, brought no relief; another world war, intricately connected to the first, would break out in only two short decades.

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The War to End All Wars: Really?

The First World War received many labels since its start in July, 28th, 1914: war against the "huns", war against barbarism, the "War to End All Wars", the war for Democracy in all the world. During about one hour, we can look through the main events of the war, since the shot against Franz Ferdinand, in Sarajevo, the immediate cause of the war, to the great battles of Verdun, The Somme, the 3 Ypres. The stalamete of the famous "western front" is sketched along the audible. The huge resources devoted to make war and transform it in the frist total war in History, involving the families at home, the workers in the industries, the professors in the classrooms and even the priests in the churches. All society was completely absorbed by the war. It was a war that even the riches fought along side the poor, creating a characteristc sprit du corps between the files, the ranks and the officials. After more than five years of fight and dead and mud, the Armistice was accepted by Germany in the 11th Hour of the 11th Month in 1918. But it was not the end of all wars, but only a truce. Hourly History is a excellent introduction for all those who desire to know more about this cataclysmic event of human history.