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WATCH: Frames in Unit 6

The First World War is often described as a threshold event, a moment of decisive change. Was it? Some empires broke up, but others did not, and some even expanded. New states were created, and many people’s attitudes towards the state changed in some ways. It was the first economic ‘total war’, but the global economic system didn’t really change. So was it a real transformation or just a brief blip that interrupted the human story?

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