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All Quiet on the Western Front Lesson Plan

Introduction to All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Lamarque was published to great critical and commercial acclaim in 1929. It has since sold over 50 million copies translated into dozens of languages, and is still often regarded as the greatest anti-war novel of all time. The gritty, realistic novel relates the experience of a young German soldier named Paul Bäumer and his comrades fighting on the front lines in World War I. "The Great War," as it is known, officially began in 1914 with the assassination of the Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a member of a Bosnian secret society in Sarajevo. After 1914, complicated alliances and treaties engaged ever more nations in the growing...

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