WWI began in August 1914, flames destroyed Liege, Belgium.
The war didn’t end till November 11, 1918.
Back in the burnt city, 250 dead, many beat up, town sacked, 1100 houses destroyed and their vast library destroyed.
Oppressive silence everywhere.
Much of the damage done by Germany.
Sympathy lost for Germany in America.
This place became a symbol of the Great War.
Most of Europe and many parts of the world joined in the fight.
In 1917, America joined and lost 114,000 soldiers and they resented it.
Peace came in 1918, in a way, Russia, Germany, Hungary, Ottoman Empire and much of the old world order was lost.
The influenza epidemic claimed 20 million people around the world.
There was much starvation.
Lots of political turmoil.
The 20’s and 30’s seemed to be like an intermission to the war.
Many unexploded shells needed to be dug up.
So many relatives fought in the war.
We remember because it is still such a mystery as to it’s real reason.
Was it an arms race, nationalism, fears, hope for change, honor, social Darwinism, individuals, or something else?
Our world is facing similar problems.
We need to think about how war happens and how to keep the peace.
Check out the book or CD called “The War That Ended Peace: The Road To 1914 by Margaret Mac Millan.
Do you believe war and peace are worth investigation?