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13 World War I: 1914 -- Part 4
The "Great War" was a term used to describe much of European history in the twentieth century.
The scars of war were either points of honor or shameful.
The war was the most noble thing they had ever experienced.
By the end of the war, the Americans had lost 115,000 men, more than half of them through disease, as the American entry tipped the balance in favor of the Entente powers.
The European nations counted 10 million dead in combat and 20 million wounded from August 1914 to November 1918.
The price the Americans paid for this war was relatively small.
The Americans were responsible for six of the hundred shells fired by the armies of the Entente.
At the end of the World War I, the United States was stronger, more productive, and richer than when it entered it, because no battles were fought on American territory.
It became Europe's creditor because of being a debtor nation.
The European nations involved in the war were less powerful, less productive, and less rich than they had been in 1914.
Europe's population had experienced terrible privations and now faced a menacing future, but most Americans remained well fed and comfortably housed.
The former Russian Empire was in a bad shape when the country plunged into a civil war in 1917, and things would get worse from there.
The new rulers of the former Russian Empire had a revolutionary vision for the world.
The experience of war and the long-term memory of it are emphasized in the following books.
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