In my experience, in Central Europe, people are more aware of the Second World War, than the First World War. This seems to be the case in other European an American regions, too.
Do others also see this emphasis and awareness of WW2 over WW1?
How does knowledge of WW1 illuminate and explain current events?
How does understanding WW1 compare to understanding WW2, in terms of understanding current events and issues likely to arise?
Some points about WW1's importance:
- It happened exactly 100 years ago
- Many modern European (Italy, Great Britain, Austria, Hungary, France) were physically and politically shaped by it.
- It brought us modern warfare like tanks, airplanes, submarines
- It gave the USA the status of a worlds superpower
- It gave birth to important nations like Soviet Union and Turkey
- It marked the beginning of the end of world-wide Colonialism and and the end of Absolutism
A related, but perhaps separate question: How have the two wars been treated in popular films and literature? What are some of the better treatments and when were they made?