So I am researching WWI right now for my next novel. I have to actually ramp up my knowledge on all of the 20th Century actually, wars especially. Yesterday I went with my 8 year old nephew to the university library to get some materials. We talked a bit about what was going on with everything happening in "the war on terror" right now. He has lots of questions I can't answer, so I feel like I have to qualify everything I tell him. He said he liked talking to me about it because I don't pretend like I know everything about it. He's really oddly old and mature for such a little kid. Today I was doing some research about all of the entanglements of WWI and went out into the living room to ask my parents, "So why did WWI happen?" to which they both looked at me blankly, then offered up some hmms and mmms before trying to make guesses, and then I started to go over some of the materials I've been researching with them. I actually found an article about how high school and college instructors often skim WWI compared to the time they spend on WWII because it is less clear cut in its reasons, whereas WWII seems so black and white. So people are getting an inferior education when it comes to the first World War in some ways. In any case, my nephew, after I was finished talking, started to try to put together various factors I'd brought up, and my dad told him maybe one day he could be a historian, to which he replied, "That'd be fun. I like this stuff. Yesterday Uncle Chris and I were talking about Presidents who make war for their own benefit, and that was really interesting too!"
And then I slunk out of the room before chaos ensued.