As you read this, you are enjoying the legacy of the "Greatest Generation." Their greatest achievement is not the victory over Japan and Germany in 1945 but the 74 years of peace that followed.
That peace eluded the victors of World War I, who, without the participation of an isolationist United States, struggled for 21 years to find a way to never again experience the horror of 1914-1918. But the political structures they made, such as the League of Nations, could not stop the terrible second convulsion in 1939 of an even bloodier war in Europe.
The victors of that second war, however, this time including the United States, turned again to diplomacy and statecraft to build an international system that could keep not just war, but nuclear war, at bay.
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