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1914-18 Global conflict that began with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, by a Serbian nationalist in Sarajevo. Austria declared war on... read more
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Peter Furtado introduces one of the most traumatic places in British military history.

Humiliating, painful and reminiscent of crucifixion, the British army’s Field Punishment No 1 fuelled public outrage during the First World War, as Clive Emsley explains.

Volume: 62 Issue: 11 2012

Panikos Panayi explores attitudes to German prisoners interned during the First World War.

Volume: 62 Issue: 11 2012

The Treaty of Versailles, negotiated by the fractious Allies in the wake of the First World War, did not crush Germany, nor did it bring her back into the family of nations. Antony Lentin examines a tortuous process that sowed the seeds of further conflict.

Volume: 62 Issue: 1 2012

With the New Year release of Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse Gervase Phillips explores the true story of the horses and mules that served the British army during the First World War.

Volume: 62 Issue: 1 2012

King George V and Kaiser Wilhelm II pose together in 1912. However, the Kaiser had mixed feelings towards Britain and the First World War broke out two years later.

Volume: 61 Issue: 12 2011

By reinterpreting the years before 1914 William Mulligan sees the 'July Crisis' in a fresh perspective.

Issue: 69 2011

Tim Grady on postwar Germany’s attempts to remember the contribution made by its Jewish combatants in the First World War.

Volume: 61 Issue: 11 2011

Inspired by the discovery of the frozen bodies of three soldiers of the First World War, Peter Englund considers the ways we remember and write about a conflict of which there are now no survivors left.

Volume: 61 Issue: 11 2011

Before the First World War, Irish Unionists and Nationalists were poised to fight each other over the imposition of Home Rule by the British. Then, remarkably, they fought and died side by side, writes Richard S. Grayson.

Volume: 60 Issue: 7 2010

A cremation ghat built in Brighton for Indian soldiers who fought in the First World War has recently been inscribed with their names, writes Rosie Llewellyn-Jones.

Volume: 60 Issue: 10 2010

Louise de Bettignies assisted the Allies in the Great War by establishing a vital information network in northern France. Patricia Stoughton recounts her extraordinary bravery.

Volume: 60 Issue: 7 2010

The messages sent by British soldiers of the First World War to their loved ones back home have long been valued for what they tell us about daily life in the trenches. But their authors were often at pains not to reveal too much of the horror they endured. Anthony Fletcher considers what these documents reveal about the men’s inner lives.

Volume: 59 Issue: 11 2009

Following her execution by firing squad in Belgium in 1915, Edith Cavell's body was eventually brought back from Brussels to England on May 15th, 1919.

Volume: 59 Issue: 5 2009

Mark Bryant looks at the artist behind one of the most iconic images of the 20th century.

Volume: 59 Issue: 7 2009

John Etty questions whether Serb nationalism was an irresistible force that helped unleash the First World War.

Issue: 63 2009

Alan Sharp takes a fresh look at the statesmen responsible for the Treaty of Versailles

Issue: 65 2009

David Powell establishes a clear path through the historiographical maze

Issue: 64 2009

Richard Cavendish records how Germany sank its own navy in the aftermath of the First World War.

Volume: 59 Issue: 6 2009

Paddy Hartley describes how an interest in the treatment of facial injuries in the First World War led him to develop a new form of sculpture.

Volume: 58 Issue: 3 2008

Alan Sharp looks at the factors shaping national policies in the weeks preceding the Paris Peace Conference, when the failure of the victorious allies to agree on aims and a process for negotiations with the Germans resulted in a ‘tragedy of disappointment’.

Volume: 58 Issue: 11 2008

Richard Wilkinson recreates the contest that marked, and marred, the British war effort in 1914-18.

Issue: 61 2008

Kathryn Hadley discusses the fate of several villages destroyed in the First World War, now on military territory usually inaccessible to the public.

Volume: 58 Issue: 11 2008

The treaty that ended Russia's participation in the First World War was signed on March 3rd, 1918.

Volume: 58 Issue: 3 2008

Kristian Ulrichsen believes that the politicians and planners behind the 2003 invasion ignored the lessons of the first British occupation of Iraq, which began with the capture of Baghdad from the Ottomans in 1917.

Volume: 57 Issue: 3 2007

York Membery interviews the eminent historian Norman Stone about his life in Turkey and his latest book.

Volume: 57 Issue: 8 2007

Robert Pearce attempts to probe the nature of the 1918-22 Coalition.

Issue: 58 2007

Paul Brewer looks at the politics behind US involvement in the First World War and how President Woodrow Wilson dealt with those Americans who campaigned against it.

Volume: 57 Issue: 9 2007

For more than 600 black South Africans, there were to be no fine deeds serving for the glory of the British King and for Africa, no quick death in the heat of battle, simply a miserable end in the icy English Channel, as Caroline Coxon explains.

Volume: 57 Issue: 2 2007

Graham Goodlad assesses the success of British governments in responding to the demands of war, from the French Revolutionary conflict to the 1914-18 struggle.

Issue: 54 2006

Peter Furtado introduces one of the most traumatic places in British military history.

Volume: 56 Issue: 7 2006

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