The Great War And The Expiration Of Religion Essay

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The Great War and the Expiration of Religion

The Great War, characterized by its international scope, its incredibly underestimated duration and magnitude, and its completely unpredicted and enormous consequences, sits upon the human saga unlike any event previously recorded throughout all of history. Before 1914, Europe had not faced a notable war for one hundred years, much less one of comparable magnitude. As war-barren as Europe’s landscape was prior to the First World War, it was equally war-plagued in the following century, with each politically significant event linked, at least indirectly to the Great War. The American Great Depression, the rise of Mussolini in Italy and Hitler in Germany, who fed off of their countries’ losses in the war and used them as their political platform, the crisis of liberalism, the popularity of appeasement politics, the economic turmoil in Germany, and the eventual outbreak of the Second World War, accompanied by the Holocaust, can all by attributed to the Great War.
While those events do directly follow the Great War, even closer in proximity is the upsurge of the socialist Bolshevik Revolution under Lenin and the fall of the Sharia Law governed Ottoman Empire to the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. These formerly theocratic regimes, the Russian and Ottoman empires, were replaced by secular ones. Across Europe, the ravages of war were unfathomable, and increasingly, religion was of no assistance to the grieving nations. Protestant…

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