Discover why World War I changed the face of Europe forever by exploring its causes and consequences with these interesting articles on WWI.
World War One, from 1914-1918, was one of the most destructive wars in Europe’s history. With millions of lives lost, the conflict left countries reeling and populations shattered. This curated collection includes newspaper and magazine articles and podcast episodes about WWI focusing on both military and non-military topics.
1918: Year of Victory and Defeat
When the Great War broke out in 1914, the German imperial army was regarded as the finest fighting force on earth. Just four years later, it was crushed by Britain and its allies. Links to Articles about World War One.
Jonathan Boff, History Today 2018
7 things you (probably) didn’t know about America’s entry and involvement in the First World War
American troops arrived on the western front in 1918 full of enthusiasm, and in the spirit of great adventure. Yet most of them were novices who, unlike their German counterparts, had seen practically no action. Links to Articles about World War One.
Terrence J. Finnegan, History Extra 2019
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How a Wrong Turn Started World War I
The assassination of Franz Ferdinand might not have happened but for an odd coincidence that placed him right in front of his assassin’s gun
Sarah Pruitt, History 2018
How students in Smith Falls, Ontario, are bringing First World War soldiers’ stories to life
One soldier at a time, these Grade 10 researchers are building a massive database of Canada’s fallen from Hill 70, Vimy Ridge and more. Roy MacGregor looks at what they’ve learned
Roy MacGregor, Globe and Mail 2017
The Indian Sepoy in the First World War – Video lecture
Dr Santanu Das, reader at Kings College London, considers the global and colonial dimensions of the first world war, namely India’s involvement in the conflict and asks how the war continues to resonate for diaspora communities in Europe and America.
Dr Santanu Das, University of Oxford
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Voices of the First World War – Podcast
Omnibus 1916 Series 2 – Voices of the First World War, Dan Snow tracks the development of the First World War through the recollections of those who were there.
Dan Snow, BBC Radio 4 2016
15 Animals That Went To War
Over 16 million animals served in the First World War. They were used for transport, communication and companionship.
Staff, Imperial War Museum 2018
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An Englishwoman’s Journals Cast Light on Belgium’s Plight in World War I
Review of AN ENGLISH GOVERNESS IN THE GREAT WAR; The Secret Brussels Diary of Mary Thorp, Edited by Sophie de Schaepdrijver and Tammy M. Proctor
Miranda Seymour, Washington Post 2017
Death and glory: the first world war US general whose ambition did for his men
Historian bucks US tradition to show how lives were needlessly lost
Edward Helmore, The Guardian 2017
Overlooked No More: Maria Bochkareva, Who Led Women Into Battle in WWI
“My heart yearned to be there, in the boiling caldron of war, to be baptized in its fire and scorched in its lava,” Bochkareva wrote in her 1919 autobiography.
Elisabeth Goodridge, NY Times 2018
New Zealand suffered the most during WWI – Yale history professor
Renowned historian Jay Winter has told Newshub he believes New Zealand suffered far more proportionally than any other country in the British Empire during World War I.
Tony Wright, NewsHub 2019
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November 11, 1918 The Eleventh Hour
The final surrender was signed at 5:10am on November 11, and back-timed to 5:00am Paris time, scheduled to go into effect later that morning. The 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month.
Today in History 2018
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Review: ‘A Land of Aching Hearts: The Middle East in the Great War’, by Leila Tarazi Fawaz.
Nikolas Gardner, H-Net Reviews 2017
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The Butcher’s Bill of 1916: Europe’s Blood-Drenched Year of Horror
A century ago, Europe was busy killing itself—a nightmare we still live with today
John Schindler, Observer 2016
The First World War: a complete timeline
Saul David, Telegraph 2016
The great misconceptions of the First World War
Eleven leading historians explode some major myths that have clouded our understanding of the Great War over the past 100 years..
History Extra 2018
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Review: ‘The Great War and American Foreign Policy, 1914-24’, by Robert E. Hannigan
Ross Kennedy, H-Net Reviews 2017
The Meatless, Wheatless Meals of World War I America
Recipes got a lot more creative during the days of food rationing
Lauren Young, Atlas Obscura 2017
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The Role Of Empire And Commonwealth Troops During The Battle Of The Somme
Imperial War Museum 2018
The Surprisingly Important Role China Played in WWI
In turn, the peace talks that ended the war had an enormous impact on China’s future
Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian 2017
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The Zimmermann telegram: the telegram that brought America into the First World War
More than 100 hundred years after British intelligence intercepted the Zimmermann telegram, Dr David Kenyon, research historian at Bletchley Park, talks to History Extra about how the telegram altered the course of the First World War and influenced future code-breaking operations…
David Kenyon, History Extra 2019
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The U.S. joined the ‘Great War’ 100 years ago. America and warfare were never the same.
Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post 2017
The Women Photographers of World War I
Allison Meier, Hyperallergic 2017
WWI letters reveal motivations, conflicts of America’s first enlisted women
John Barrat, Smithsonian Insider 2018
Two Thousand Questions and Answers about the War
A catechism of the methods of fighting, travelling and living; of the armies, navies and air fleets; of the personalities, politics and geography of the warring countries. With 17 maps.
Review of Reviews 1918
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What Was The Battle Of Verdun?
The Battle of Verdun, 21 February-15 December 1916, became the longest battle in modern history
Alan Wakefield, Imperial War Museum 2018
Why World War I is Germany’s forgotten conflict
Atika Shubert, Melina Borcak and Sheena McKenzie, CNN 2018
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World War I: Injured Veterans and the Disability Rights Movement
Wendy Maloney, Library of Congress Blog, 2017
World War I: Every Day
YouTube video of animated maps. See the changing front lines of World War I every day from Austria-Hungary’s declaration of war to the armistice of November 11, 1918. This video also includes the changing front lines in Africa and the Pacific.