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What's the key historical lesson for Canadians from World War 1 ?

In the second decade of the 20th century, a complicated web of diplomatic alliances among European nations failed to achieve a balance of power. Then, some 70 million troops massed on battlefields with modern weapons to establish dominance in the most primitive way : by killing their adversaries.
In the case of the British Empire, the former colony of Canada and the actual colony of Newfoundland - came to its assistance. When World War One was over, 15 million people had died, many more were wounded in body or mind, and two empires - the Austro-Hungarian and the Ottoman - had been destroyed. Germany was contained - for a while.
The scale of human carnage had been so horrific, WW1 was named "the war to end all wars". But as we're constantly reminded, it wasn't.
Jeremy Diamond is with the Historica-Dominion Institute, which tries to preserve the memories of Canadian veterans from all wars. He joined us by phone from the National Cenotaph in Ottawa. Joe Bishara is a teacher in Yarmouth, and founder of the Maple Grove and Yarmouth High Schools Memorial Club. He has been teaching students for 25 years about the contribution veterans have made and has won a commendation from the Minister of Veterans' Affairs.
Considering the long-lasting effects of the conflict - some which can still be detected in international conflicts today - we asked: What's the key historical lesson for Canadians from World War 1 ?


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