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Historian Jay Winter: The five things Americans should know about the Great War
Historian Jay Winter: The five things Americans should know about the Great War

A chauffeur's happenstance wrong turn down a back street in Sarajevo 100 years ago this week ended in the assassination of the heir to the throne of the Habsburg empire. Archduke Franz Ferdinand's murder was the catalyst for the Great War that haunts the cultural memory of Europe a century later but has made a less visible mark on American society — just count the World War I films versus World War II movies. Jay Winter, a Yale historian, has spent his adult life trying to figure out the war that didn't end all wars but opened the bloody gates of 20th century industrial slaughter.Why is a war this devastating barely a blip to Americans?The war did not affect the United States in...

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