|Armed Turkish soldiers marching Armenians to a prison camp in 1915.|
I'm not saying that World War II isn't worthy of study, nor am I denying its impact on the world as a whole. But it's a phenomenon I've never really understood. Why do we, as a culture, gloss over the first World War? I'm not making this up, when I was in school (and by that I mean elementary through high school and even my early college years), all of my so called "World History 101" classes would barely touch World War I. Acknowledging that it happened, but never talking about it, as if doing so would give you Malaria. Hell, sometimes we weren't even given a basic understanding of the conflict, unless it was important to the events leading to World War 2. They would spend weeks, however, talking about what came in WW1's immediate aftermath, the intervening years, and even more weeks, half a bloody semester it seems, covering WWII. Let me see if I understand this, you mean to tell me that we can talk for weeks about the D-Day landings, but we don't have time to talk about the Battle of Gallipoli, which was arguably more deadly? We have time to talk about how cold it was during the Battle of Bulge, but not the year long slaughterfest that was the Battle of Verdun? We can talk all we want about the horrors of the Holocaust, but you can't spare a few words for the equally horrific Armenian Genocide ? It boggles my mind how much important stuff was never covered, Whether it was because of time constraints, or (and I personally suspect more likely) just plain laziness on the part of the teacher.
The point is that, back when I was growing up, nobody talked about World War 1, it didn't exist, there was the American and French Revolutions, The Civil War, World War 2, Vietnam and that's it. Everything else might as well not have happened. This is one reason why I'm grateful for sites like Youtube, Because between the stupid shit and the dime a dozen gaming channels, you do have some really interesting and well informed channels devoted to the teaching of History. And my personal favorite is, well, one devoted to the First World War; Called The Great War: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheGreatWar/featured
Overall, The Great War is an excellent channel, its comprehensive and goes into a lot of detail about the war. But it never feels overwhelming, and it never feels like it's talking down to you. I highly recommend this one if you're a history buff, or are just interested in the First World War. Give them a subscribe, you might learn something.
And I'm out, thanks for reading everybody. Later.