Could Another World War Happen?

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A picture taken in the year 1916 shows French soldiers moving into attack from their trench during the Verdun battle, eastern France, during the first World War.

New York Times columnist Roger Cohen examines how World War I shaped the world today and whether a conflict on the scale of World War I could happen again. After looking at Syria, Crimea, Gaza, and the South China Sea, his conclusion is: yes, easily. His article “Yes, It Could Happen Again” is in a special issue of The Atlantic, "World War I: How the Great War Made the Modern World"—a collection of pieces by some of the greatest writers of the time, along with new takes on this war, and how it shaped the world.