Although the prestige of European civilization suffered a body blow in World War I, it took most Europeans longer to realize that their continent was not the center of the world, and longer still to think of a war fought mainly in Europe as a truly global conflict.
The Global Legacies of World War I
John Horne is a professor of modern European history at Trinity College Dublin. His latest book is War in Peace: Paramilitary Violence in Europe After the Great War, edited with Robert Gerwarth (Oxford University Press, 2012).
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John Horne; The Global Legacies of World War I. Current History 1 November 2014; 113 (766): 299–304. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2014.113.766.299
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