THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918 (DVD): THE GREAT WAR USHERED IN THE 20TH CENTURY. IT WAS THE WAR TO END ALL WARS, A SENSELESS SLAUGHTER THAT SET THE STAGE FOR THE BLOODIEST CENTURY IN HUMAN HISTORY. Yet, it was more than just a war between nationals. It was a war between what was and what was to be. The old world was dying and the new world had yet to be born. People of all classes saw it was some great cleansing fire that would accelerate this battle and lead to a better world. But when it was over, more than men had died in the mud of the battlefields; the naive dreams of progress, along with the innocence of the pre-world war, faith in God and hope in the future all died in the trenches of Europe. The Concise History of WWI (LITTLE BOOK): On 28 June 1914 in Sarajevo, a Bosnian Serb student shot the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The assassination plunged the world into a global conflict that was to scar human history and redefine the meaning of the word war . The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand provided the spark that ignited smouldering enmities, but World War I had been a long time coming. Decades of burgeoning imperialism and the formation of complex alliances brought the world s great powers face to face in what would become known as the Great War. More than seventy million military personnel were mobilised during World War I and more than nine million of them died. The grim figures also included twenty million wounded and eight million missing in action. When the war ended in 1918, four empires had ceased to exist, the map of Europe had been redrawn and a generation of young men had been lost. The combatants had given their all, but their valiant sacrifice was in vain. This book tells the story of the conflict dubbed the war to end wars .