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David Reynolds examines how the war haunted the generation who lived through it.

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David Reynolds argues that the war made national identity a stark either-or issue; he traces the recurrent struggle between nationalist uprisings and empire-building by Hitler, Stalin and latterly, the European Union in the century since 1914.
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The intriguing paradox of the Great War, how it was not caused by profound political or ideological divisions but it did create them in its wake; how the conflict made politics red hot, giving birth to an age of turbulent mass democracy.
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Attitudes about the Great War have evolved since its aftermath of 1918.

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