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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.

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

Stephen Roberts explodes a popular historical over-simplification.

Issue: 52 2005

Andy Lawrence insists that we must think for ourselves to unravel one of the great historical conundrums.

Issue: 53 2005

Matthew Stewart traces the roots of the Greco-Turkish war of 1921-22, and the consequent refugee crisis, to the postwar settlements of 1919-20.

Volume: 54 Issue: 7 2004

Dean Juniper argues that war encouraged the development of radio technology, as of so much else.

Volume: 54 Issue: 5 2004

Matthew Stewart discusses Peter Weir's 1981 cinematic tour de force, and what it tells us about the ANZAC myth.

Volume: 53 Issue: 2 2003

Jonathan Lewis and Hew Strachan point out the daunting challenges and exciting opportunities involved in producing a new major TV series.

Volume: 53 Issue: 10 2003

Robert Pearce reviews the latest study of an important topic.

Issue: 46 2003

Richard Wilkinson explains what went wrong in Anglo-German relations before the First World War.

Issue: 42 2002

Richard Wilkinson argues that, for all his faults, a case can be made for the aloof aristocrat at the Foreign Office in 1900-1905.

Issue: 36 2000

David Rooney describes the extraordinary exploits of Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, the German soldier who kept the Allies tied down in Africa throughout the Great War.

Volume: 49 Issue: 11 1999

Christopher Ray queries the accepted pictures of a reluctant victim of forces beyond her control.  

Issue: 30 1998

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