History & Society
Sometimes truly absurd and astounding things just happen, and other times mundane natural forces combine with misfortune to produce terrible results.
Spotlight: World War I
The international conflict was virtually unprecedented in the slaughter, carnage, and destruction it caused, embroiling most of Europe along with Russia, the U.S., the Middle East, and other regions. WWI led to the fall of four great imperial dynasties, resulted in the Bolshevik Revolution, and, by destabilizing Europe, laid the groundwork for WWII.