Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter
This program chronicles the history of American involvement in warfare during the 20th century. Starting with the Spanish American War and ending with the Gulf War, the United States participated in a century of turmoil, marked by two world wars. Wars took a huge toll in lives and suffering in a steady course of conflict, punctuated by a few years of peace. The Time Life series evaluates the causes and costs of warfare in the last century. This episode presents an analysis of the dynamics which led to the demise of America's isolationist policies and its entry into the world arena to help fight "the war to end all wars," as President Woodrow Wilson put it. Archival film clips and photographs, as well as scholarly commentary tell the story of the key events that precipitated the first World War.
warfare, war, armed-forces, weapons, world-war