One of The World's audio engineers, Jane Pipik, didn’t know a whole lot about her Great Uncle Frank growing up. He died just at the end of World War I, but she never knew of his heroism — until a retired Belgian military officer took it upon himself to find her family.
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Historian Margaret MacMillan sees parallels between the lead-up to World War I and today's instability in the face of rising Russian nationalism. She says the West failed to appreciate Russia's feeling of humiliation after the Cold War. She warns against dangerous miscalculations and for a strong response to Putin.
World War I was a massive conflict. Ten million soldiers died and whole empires disintegrated. At the end, the winners carved up the spoils. There are lessons in that ending, not necessarily the ones we've been taught.
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