Magazine November 12, 2018, Issue

The Great War’s Great Price

American troops march past the Arc de Triomphe in Paris in the 1919 Victory Parade of Allied troops, celebrating the end of World War I, 14th July 1919. (Paul Thompson/FPG/Getty Images)
Revisiting the wreckage, on the centenary of the armistice

There is no monument to the First World War on the National Mall. Along the two-mile carpet of memory we have created between the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial, we honor the Civil War, the Vietnam War, the Second World War, and the Korean War. But nothing there memorializes the other great American war of the 20th century, which we entered in April 1917 and saw to its conclusion the following November. This is peculiar, since no other modern war was waged by Americans with such outstandingly pristine expectations. It was, as President Woodrow Wilson intoned, to be “the war

Allen C. Guelzo — Mr. Guelzo is the Senior Research Scholar in the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University.

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