It was supposed to be "the war to end all wars." Instead, it opened the floodgate to a century of ethnic, religious, and ideological conflicts throughout the globe, all of it traceable to some extent to the entangled animosities and unprecedented carnage of World War I and the shortsighted, easily shattered peace that followed it.
Spencer C. Tucker, Ph.D., held the John Biggs Chair of Military History at the Virginia Military Institute until his retirement from teaching in 2003 and is presently a Senior Fellow of Military History at ABC-CLIO. A Fulbright scholar, Dr. Tucker was a professor of history at Texas Christian University and served as an intelligence analyst and desk officer at the Pentagon during the Vietnam War. He has written or edited 23 books, including ABC-CLIO's Encyclopedia of the Korean War and the award-winning Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War. Priscilla Mary Roberts, Ph.D., is a lecturer in history and Honorary Director of the Centre of American Studies at the University of Hong Kong. She spent 2003 as a visiting Fulbright scholar at the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. She received her degree from Cambridge University. She has received numerous research awards and was the assistant editor of ABC-CLIO's Encyclopedia of the Korean War.
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