To me the study of World War One is now just a stepping stone into the world of study of the Second World War. Donâ€™t get me wrong. To study the causes of World War Two you must study the Great War and the Treaty of Versailles, and the study of World War Two is good too. It was one of the two major events in 20th Centaury history. But the art of studying World War One in its own right and own implications seemed to be lost to me.
The fact that World War one was the first Total War, the fact that it was a â€˜liberatingâ€™ experience for women, and the fact that it was the first industrialised war and in effect completed the industrialisation of the â€˜Westâ€™ seem to be loosing their strengths in the study of the First World War.
Does anyone else feel the same way about this? I feel that the study of the Great War has a much to offer as any other event in â€˜modernâ€™ history. And that the study of the First World War shouldnâ€™t be overshadowed, or passed over as a lead into, the Second World War.