Synopsis by Sean Hurley
From the BBC and Time Life, the Europe the Mighty Continent series explores the immense changes that have taken place on the European continent over the last century. This rich history is given voice by Peter Ustinov and historian John Terrine. In Europe the Mighty Continent - Great War: This Generation Has No Future, the focus is on WWI. War has been an element in the history of man since the beginning, but WWI marked a new development, as country after country was dragged into the conflict creating the first "mass war." The program examines how new weapons, new technologies, and new rules for conducting the business of war led to human casualties in numbers never before seen. The program traces events from the Communist takeover in Russia, to America's entry into the conflict, and finally to Germany's defeat, allowing an end to the hostilities.