World War I and Modernism

The Effects of War on Literature

Background on World War 1

  • Technically began between Austria-Hungary and Russia with the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand
  • 1914-1920
  • Called "The Great War" and "The War to End All Wars"
  • Was the first war to use machine guns, leading to trench warfare and massive casualties
Archdukes, Cynicism, and World War I: Crash Course World History #36
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Effects on Literature

  • Break from tradition as people saw the devastation of the war
  • loss, despair, and alienation of the self
  • difference of personal experience