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Because World War I was a time of great change and often great mystery. 

How 2014 Is Strikingly Similar to 1914

This week rings a historical bell. On June 28, it will be exactly 100 years since one man in the Balkans changed the world forever — with two shots from a pistol in the dusty provincial town of Sarajevo that killed Austria’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand and set off the diplomatic donnybrook that led to four years of world war (1914–1918). A century later, there are some obvious parallels between 1914 and 2014. Some have speculated about whether we are at one of those times Mark Twain referred to when he famously said: “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it sure does rhyme.” Which ought to make us all pretty nervous. What looks similar in 2014 and 1914?
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Mystery Man: The Tamer Red Baron

Raoul Lufbery was the best-known American pilot in World War I, but he’s been relegated to obscurity by a mysterious past. On a warm May afternoon in France in 1918, the sight of two biplanes turning and twisting in the sky might have seemed part of a fantastic show — until a tiny figure fell from his plane and plummeted to Earth: It was America’s ace fighter pilot, Gervais Raoul Lufbery. He had defied the odds and outlived most of his comrades, but at his funeral, fellow pilots reflected on the fact that they hadn’t known the dogged fighter at all. The truth is, he just didn’t fit the mold of a World War I hero and wasn’t a showman like other aces. And Lufbery’s reasons for becoming a soldier made him a very different kind of hero.
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Propaganda Posters Want You, You + You

Uncle Sam points to every American from recruiting posters, movie screens, T-shirts, billboards and pop art. 

How did this bearded old Yankee get so embedded in our national consciousness? Propaganda images have existed for centuries, from mass-produced images of Roman emperors to Napoleon’s clever eye for portraits. But something happened at the turn of the 20th century that made the art of visual persuasion a whole new game. Flagg’s Uncle Sam is representative of a propaganda strategy that took the world by storm after World War I. Here are the characteristics that made those posters so persuasive.
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