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What impact did war in 20th century Europe have on the development of existentialism?

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One of the major themes of twentieth-century existentialism was that western faith in both rationalism and religion was misplaced. After the First World War, which saw millions of young men destroyed in a conflict that most later recognized should never have happened, many were convinced that they institutions they had previously held as sacred, including the nation, religion, and others were morally bankrupt. Additionally, they saw that...

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