1916-1918 The Great War and the Shaping of the Twentieth Century – Legacy
Film 1916-1918 The Great War and the Shaping of the Twentieth Century – Legacy: Episode 7 Hatred and Hunger.
Dir. Carl Byker, Lyn Goldfarb, and Margaret Koval.
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- Topic: The film revolves about how the visions the different victors of the Great War had for Europe and the world towards lasting peace and no possibility of a similar war in future. The peace agreement was in essence based on hatred of losers like Germany to the effect that hunger was used as a weapon. Each country’s leadership exuded a selfish interest which created a basis for people who suffered the real blunt of the conflict to further descend into anarchy and total social decadence. All over Europe, the soldiers and families of those who fought in the war continued suffering since the society did not have the mechanisms to deal with widespread trauma. The hate for the Germans and Austrians by other countries subjected them to a sea blockade ensuring their populations suffered hunger on a massive scale.
- Story: Victorious leaders agreed that Germany had to pay for the losses suffered all along the war. However, there are some losses that could not be monetized given the psychological aspects of the outcomes. The leaders that brought about the war had gone yet the country’s people were to suffer more for their sins. It is the soldiers and their parents and families who had to endure fighting for a cause that was lost an