World War I (1914-1918) Was A War That Changed World History

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World War I (1914-1918) was a war that changed world history forever. The technological, industrial, social and political advances that took place at beginning of the 20th century paved the way for today 's world. And the parties involved in World War I used those advances to create one of the first modern wars. For those reasons World War I is referred to as many things including, an industrial war, a war of attrition, and as a total war. These aspects is what makes the war so revolutionary and groundbreaking and equally as devastating. A novel that helps illustrate each of these categories is All Quiet on the Western Front (1928), by Erich Maria Remarque. The author tells a German soldiers experiences through the war. The book does not …show more content…

Another part of why WWI was an industrial war, not just because of the new technological advancements, but because of the numbers in man power. Like mass production in industry, soldiers were mass made.
"Industrialized warfare is mass war, fought by mass man. It is the anonymous and mass nature of industrialized warfare that makes it particularly absurd and senseless, as the individual soldier is no longer a heroic figure, but, like a worker in a vast industry, the soldier is merely a cog in a gigantic machine." (
The novel All Quiet on the Western Front, shows how World War I was an industrial war in many ways. Whenever the main character, Paul Baumer, is in the trenches, he witnesses or experiences firsthand the new weapons used in the war. Baumer was no stranger to chemical warfare, "These first minutes with the mask decide between life and death: is it air-tight? I remember the awful sights in the hospital: the gas patients who in day-long suffocation cough up their burnt lungs in clots." (Remarque, pg 68). Mass production of soldiers usually meant higher numbers but lower quality, just like mass produced products, "Reinforcements have again been sent up to our sector...composed almost entirely of young fellows just called up. They have had hardly any training, and are sent into the field with only a theoretical

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