This year marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. Author Ruth Ben-Ghiat says that this war "changed the world forever." A new series that Ben-Ghiat is guest editing for CNN.com/Opinion explores the legacies of World War I. In the first article, Ben-Ghiat discusses how the effects of World War I are still with us today.
Other articles in the series include:
How World War I gave us 'cooties' by Jonathan Lighter
The 'bionic men' of World War I by Thomas Schlich
The mighty women of World War I by Belinda Davis
When chemical weapons killed 90,000 by Paul Schulte
Several more articles will be published this month on CNN.com. Read more about what Ben-Ghiat has planned for the series on her blog.
Ruth Ben-Ghiat is Professor of Italian Studies and History at New York University and author of the forthcoming book Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema.