WWI was better known as the Great War. It was a fight between different countries including Allied Powers and Central Powers. This war took place in Europe, Africa, Middle East, China and finally in the Indian and North and South Atlantic Ocean. It started on July 28th, 1914 and finished on November 11th, 1918. (4 years, 3 months and 2 weeks). This war is remembered as a fight that had a lot of lost soldiers in battle, but it is also remembered as a new start, a new start to make a better place. The remembrance day is celebrated on November 11th. This day recalls the end of the hostility of the First World War. This event is also called Poppy Day.
“We were eighteen and had begun to love life and the world, and we had to shoot it to pieces. The first bomb, the first explosion, burst in our hearts. We are cut off from activity, from striving, from progress. We believe in such things no longer, we believe in the war.”(Ch. 5)
This is a quote from the book: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. This book was part of the readings in class. It explains the view of how WWI was and how young people like the narrator took place in the war. I really think that going to the war at that age was something really brave.
This was some of the issues people had to deal with in war, and when it was already ceased.
Economic Issues: Germany and Great Britain spent 60% of the money the economy produced. They also had to ask for money to other countries and they had to make more money to buy different guns needed for war.
Social Issues: The war changed all the society, all the birth rates decreased in big quantities, a lot of people lost their home due to the bombardier planes. Women also started to replace men in factories and offices. The people in the upper class lost most of their power leading in the society.
Political Issues: This war brought the end of 4 different monarchies: Russia, Germany, Austria and the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. There were also new countries made out of the old empires.
In the last years, humans have been learning how to prevent all the conflicts and wars as possible, they can only be prevented just if we have a lot of hard thinking. There are a lot of factors that have been contributing for example: reducing armed conflicts of proxy wars, there are some research such as the Human Security that have pointed that peace negotiations reduce the violent conflicts even if they are not successful.
If I had to organize a ceremony for the remembrance day I definitely would invite all the veterans and the families that had lost someone in the war. Each ceremony has some readings so I would like to read Flanders Fields that is a nice poem that can commemorate soldiers.