The Worldwide Toll of World War I
The effect of the war on Germany and the world?
By the end of World War I, ten-million people were known to have died and twenty-million, wounded. The numbers break down as follows:
World War I did more than slaughter millions of people. It produced an emotional reaction that vulgarized and cheapened those very things for which men thought they were fighting. The physical horror and the arousing of violent passions introduced a new brutality and coarseness into European and American life.
Through the nineteenth century, Western society had been largely and basically civilian where force was kept to a minimum where the twentieth century has become a time of violence. Something happened in between. That happening was World War I.
According to Henry Grosshans:
French writer Paul Valery complained:
German Karl Kautsky remarked, the World War
In the place of thought, reflection, and reason, there came about after World War I an intense worship of strength, power, and brutality.
Suspicion of rationality and reason became manifested in intellectual figures as well as the common man. For example, Nazi Poet Laureate Hanns Johst once remarked:
In a similar vein, future Nazi leader Martin Bormann argued:
How many writers, artists, and musicians since then have glorified "blood" at the expense of thought and reflection. Listen to lyrics of music today and think about World War I.
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