As we mark the one-hundredth anniversary of “The Great War,” I’ve been accumulating links to articles that can serve as a mini classroom for learning about the conflict we now call World War I.
First up, a website dedicated to the anniversary of the war:
Second, links to two sets of photos:
Then an interesting post about the cultural impacts of the war: “The Wall Street Journal has selected 100 legacies from World War I that continue to shape our lives today.”
Next, two reviews of an interesting new book:
Next, an old book (by Winston Churchill) reviewed with a long excerpt:
Churchill and the ‘Unknown War’
The American diplomat and historian George F. Kennan called the First World War the “seminal catastrophe” of the 20th century. Churchill agreed: “All three [Eastern Front] empires, both sides, victors and vanquished, were ruined … The Houses of Romanov, Hapsburg and Hohenzollern woven over the centuries of renown into the texture of Europe were shattered and extirpated. The structure of three mighty organisms built up by generations of patience and valour and representing the traditional groupings of noble branches of the European family, was changed beyond all semblance.” They were replaced by “a fearsome set of internationalists and logicians [who] built a sub-human structure upon the ruins of Christian civilization.”
Here are the remaining articles — all worth whatever time you might have to read (and I’ll continue to add articles as I come across them):
Killing The Dead: Atheists Attack A World War I Memorial
We forget World War I at our own peril. Whether we know it or not, society continues to experience its aftershocks today.
World War I Reparations Weren’t As Unfair As You Think: The Anniversary of World War I’s Beginning is a Good Time to Challenge Conventional Wisdom — Did the Versailles Treaty Actually Cause World War II?