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Introduction to World War 1
World War 1 or the First World War, 1914 – 1918, was the first war that involved nations spanning more than half the globe, hence world war.
It was commonly called “The Great War” or sometimes “the war to end wars” until World War II started, although the name “First World War” was coined as early as 1920 by Lt-Col à Court Repington in The First World War 1914-18.
Some scholars write of the First World War as merely the first phase of a 30-year-long war spanning the period 1914 – 1945.