The Devil in the White City

by Erik Larson

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What historical reference is discussed on pages 247-250 of Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City?

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One historical reference that can be found in these pages is on p. 248.  This is the reference to the Krupp guns that were displayed at the Exposition.  This reference has to do with World War I and the industrialized horrors that were to be found in that war.  In WWI, huge Krupp guns were used extensively by the Germans.  These sorts of guns were one of the ways in which technology was used to devastate human lives in that war.  Mrs. D. C. Taylor is quoted as saying how the guns were monsters amid all of this celebration of civilization.  This is an apt thing to say as they (and technology in general) were to harm civilization tremendously during WWI.

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