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100 Years Later: Reflecting on the Lessons of World War I

| Nov. 11, 2018

On November 11, 1918, Allied leaders signed an armistice agreement with Germany, effectively ending World War I. The conflict is estimated to have left more than seventeen million soldiers and civilians dead, wreaking havoc on most of the European continent. The United States entered the war in 1917. Among the dead were 116,708 American soldiers. 

The Atlantic Council community reflects on the war and the lessons that can be drawn from it, one hundred years after its end.

R. Nicholas Burns, Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations, Faculty Chair of the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship, and Atlantic Council board director: 

“We should remember with pride and gratitude on November 11 the enormous sacrifice of the American Expeditionary Force that did so much with Britain and France to turn the tide of the Great War in 1917-1918. We live today with the historical consequences of that terrible conflict and of the imperfect peace of Versailles. An abiding lesson for the United States is that we must remain committed to Europe—to our democratic allies in NATO as well as to our strategic partnership with the European Union.”

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For Academic Citation:100 Years Later: Reflecting on the Lessons of World War I.” Atlantic Council, November 11, 2018.