How is WWI Still With Us?

Published: August 7, 2014

 

 

These photos, taken by photographer Michael St. Maur Sheil, show how the landscape of modern Europe still bears the scars of WWI battlefields.

But there are other legacies of the Great War that are still with us today. It was a time of great social and technological change. The Guys reminded us WWI was the start of tenure for professors. It also popularized the wristwatch, the tea bag, and even veggie sausages.

What legacy – physical, technological, or social – of WWI fascinates you? Leave your answers here in the comments, or drop a line at backstory@virginia.edu. We’ll read our favorites on air.

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  1. Misty Marshall

    World War I ushered in a new era of feminist consciousness. It got women out of their corsets, gave them a taste of what it was like to work for a living, and finally gave them the vote. These changes would continue into the 20s, the 30s and the Second World War. World War I also changed the arts and we got Dadaism, Cubism, Surrealism and Jazz.

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