Book Exhibition VII

The War to End All Wars? End of WW1 centenary

15/02/2018 - 14/06/2018
Library, 2nd Floor, Wui Chi Building, MPI

At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Great War ends. Germany signed an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car outside Compiégne, France. World War I was known as the "The War to End All Wars" because of the great slaughter and destruction it caused. The First World War left 8.5 million soldiers dead and 21 million wounded, with Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary and France each losing more than million or more lives. In addition, at least 13 million civilians died from disease, starvation, exposure or massacre. The war result in the fall of four empires (Romanov, German, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman), created numerous new nation-states, encouraged independence movements in Europe’s colonies, forced the United States to become a world power and led directly to Soviet communism and the rise of Hitler. However, this war, which claims to end all wars, left behind the result of the next even bigger calamity of world war. This year marks the centenary of the end of the First World War. A hundred years away, what should we think of this war? We hope through the book exhibition to evoke people’s memories and rethinking of that human tragic history.

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