THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918 (DVD): THE GREAT WAR USHERED IN THE 20TH CENTURY. IT WAS THE WAR TO END ALL WARS, A SENSELESS SLAUGHTER THAT SET THE STAGE FOR THE BLOODIEST CENTURY IN HUMAN HISTORY. Yet, it was more than just a war between nationals. It was a war between what was and what was to be. The old world was dying and the new world had yet to be born. People of all classes saw it was some great cleansing fire that would accelerate this battle and lead to a better world. But when it was over, more than men had died in the mud of the battlefields; the naive dreams of progress, along with the innocence of the pre-world war, faith in God and hope in the future all died in the trenches of Europe.