APEH: The lasting impact of WWI Culturally and Politically

Posted on April 14, 2020

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There were two outcomes to WWI, neither of which were good. The entire war shaped a whole generation’s views of life, death, beauty, futility, and patriotism. The people who made it out of the war were called the Lost Generation, and the people who didn’t make it out of the war were simply lost.

For today, please read these collections of poems from men who were at the front. There’s a little bit of biographic research that should take two seconds for you. I’ll create a submission page on TurnItIn for you, and we’ll discuss them on our Zoom chat on Thursday.

Please do a Google search for “artwork of World War 1.” Across the top of the search will be many different paintings and other artwork images. When you click on one, it’ll take you to the Google page for the particular artwork. Read up on some, examine some (Wikipedia has very good high-def images of many of the paintings), and select three to discuss, and ask questions about them in the comments for a placeholder until Thursday. The full War Poets assignment will be due Friday.

Politically, the result of WWI was the disastrous Treaty of Versailles in which France (and to a lesser degree, Britain) were out for revenge on Germany. The draconian terms of the treaty, along with forcing Germany to take on all responsibility for a war that Austria helped start, led to a crippling economic downturn, massive inflation, national anger, and eventually Adolf Hitler.