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The "Great War"
World War I was also known as The Great War, and The War to End All Wars. It was qualitatively and quantitatively different from wars that had occurred up to that time. It was the first time so many nations, and such a large percentage of the globe, was involved in a conflict. It also saw the use of new weapons that were capable of causing horrendous casualties. Poison gas and machine guns, along with other weapons, wiped out entire units. And since the practice up till that time was usually to have all the soldiers from a town in the same unit, some towns lost all their young men. People were sure that after such a horrible war, the world would learn that wars would have to end. But 20 years later, the War to End All Wars simply became World War I.
"The War to End All Wars"
World War I was also known by other names such as Great War or First World War. This was the biggest war the world ever saw, till that point of time, and involved large numbers of nations spread across different continents. Millions of people suffered from this war, which also saw the introduction of several new types of weapons, including tanks, submarines and poisonous gases. Several nations lost their relevance and new superpowers emerged, most notably the US. Mainly countries suffered heavily from war, not only in terms of land, resources and international relevance, but also in terms of youth and work force.
World War II was the biggest war the world has seen to date and after its outbreak the first world war was renamed as World War I.
World War I had several names. One of them was the Great War. While this wasn’t the first time fighting took place in many places at the same, this war did involve about 30 countries. As a result, it was called the Great War.
In the United States, World War I was also known as the war to end all wars. President Wilson stated one reason for the United States joining the war was to make this the last war ever. It was one reason why people agreed to support the war.
Another name for World War I was a war to make the world safe for democracy. Woodrow Wilson believed a victory in the war would make the world safer for democratic governments. Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Turkey had non-democratic governments. Thus, World War I was known by several names in the United States and around the world.
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