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Conclusion

Deborah Cohen

in The War Come Home

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9780520220089
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923522 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520220089.003.0005
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This book, a history of the Great War's human aftermath, has examined the sources of order and instability in two combatant nations. It has demonstrated that states and powerful interest groups alone could not ensure postwar stabilization. The Great War was different from any other conflict Europeans had known in its magnitude and ferocity. The war had destroyed millions of lives and the remarkable prosperity of a European century. Only the dead and injured returned home before Christmas. The First World War bore witness to the destruction that industrialized countries, committing all available resources to military production, could unleash. The societies of Europe were essentially transformed to fuel the war machine. Belligerent states arrogated unprecented powers to regulate and coerce. They conscripted labor, rationed commodities, controlled profits, and sent men to die. Almost 9.5 million men lost their lives in the Great War, and another 8 million were permanently disabled.

Keywords: stabilization; postwar; ferocity; Belligerent states; prosperity

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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