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Saturday, July 22, 2017 Permalink

The War Connection

Marion National Cemetery, Marion Indiana


The brutality of the First World War shook the Western world in ways that no conflict had done before—or would ever do again.

The number of soldiers killed between 1914 and 1918 exceeded that of all other wars known to history--as ‘advances’ in technology outstripped all defenses against them. And those who survived often were maimed, or suffered from a strange new mental disorder known as ‘shell shock’—what we today call Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

In the wake of the war’s fury, the map of Europe changed--but more important, the map of human consciousness changed as well.

In this hour, the impact of the First World War as reflected in the music of Debussy, Ravel, Elgar, Holst, Stravinsky, Vaughan Williams, and more.

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