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Ernst Haeckel Becomes First to Use Label 'First World War'

Ernst Haeckel

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Ernst Haeckel, an evolutionary biologist in Germany, becomes the first person to refer to the Great War ravaging Europe as the "First World War."

However, it's not until the 1920 publication of Charles à Court Repington's book The First World War 1914-1918 that the label "First World War" will become the official, accepted name for this conflict.

Writing an article that appears in the Indianapolis Star, Ernst Haeckel says:

"There is no doubt that the course and character of the feared "European War"...will become the first world war in the full sense of the word."


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