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The First World War: Shoveling Young Men into the Furnace
Feeding the Hungry God
Nine million men died and 21 million were wounded in the First World War. British political leader David Lloyd George observed that there was no limit to the number of young men that were thrown into the furnace to “feed the flames of war.”

The First World War was a perpetual, driving force that “shoveled warm human hearts and bodies by the millions into the furnace.”

Gods exist to “receive gifts” (N. O. Brown). Warfare exists to feed hungry gods. The First World War was potlatch on an unimaginably grandiose scale.

Who were the truculent gods that consumed the bodies of young men? They had names such as France, Germany, Great Britain and Russia.