The Lessons of World War I

“Lessons of World War I,” published on China.org.cn on April 16, 2014

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of World War I, a war that is often considered the “stupid war,” in contrast to World War II, with its stark moral battle against fascism and Nazism. World War I, is remembered as a pointless war caused by obscure local politics in far away territories. Poor soldiers were sent to die in slaughter fields at the behest of detached politicians. The scale of death was unprecedented, due to the use of new technologies. In the end, nothing was solved, and the settlement only set the stage for World War II.

Can anything really be learned from such a stupid war? Yes; it is critical we learn from World War I so that we don’t repeat the same mistakes that caused it.

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