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To say the same thing in a more jingoistic fashion, WWI didn't start until 1917. Until then it was just a European war.
William O. B'Livion
I think the answer is pretty well nailed right here:
From the article:
" the war does not obviously or immediately relate to contemporary controversies. We can’t talk about race without talking about the Civil War. Any discussion of America’s role in the world will soon invoke World War II and Vietnam. The Revolution will forever transfix the Republic it created. The First World War, however, now excites interest mainly from isolationist libertarians looking for a war it’s less awkward to oppose than World War II. The war’s most tragic lessons about the need for United States leadership to secure world peace have been so thoroughly internalized by the American political elite that it has forgotten where and how it learned them."
The problem with WWI is it doesn't tie in with any of "The Narratives" the Left invokes today. It just doesn't seem to be a useful political touchstone for anyone. It's too bad because the results of WWI affect us to this day.
A good companion volume to Fussell's nonfiction book is Erich Maria Remarque's novel "The Road Back," which is sort of a sequel to his much-better-known "All Quiet on the Western Front." Beautifully written, I think "The Road Back," although set in Germany, is quite valuable in understanding the psychological impact on WWI on all of the European belligerents. I reviewed it here: