First World War

All too much of the recent literature on the background to the Great War has focused on the diplomacy and has seriously underplayed the roles of...

On the 500th anniversary of Henry V’s victory, British troops were once more struggling against overwhelming odds in northern France. Stephen Cooper looks at how Britons of the Great War found inspiration in the events of St Crispin’s Day, 1415.

Bulgaria suffered a swift and devastating defeat in the First World War, due, G.D. Sheppard argues, to its peasant leader-in-waiting’s shrewd use of propaganda.

There was long a complaint among military historians, one best voiced by Brian Bond, that there was a major disjuncture between their work,...

Andrew Sharpe examines the contribution of Indian troops to one of the first major battles on the Western Front. 

Armen T. Marsoobian explores the complex history of one of the 20th-century’s worst and most neglected crimes against humanity.

Taylor Downing is keen to dispel two misconceptions about the First World War. The first is that it was about ragged troops locked in a muddy...

‘There are graves that are alive’, the President of the Belgian League of Remembrance pronounced at Gabrielle Petit’s state funeral in 1919, three...

The First World War transformed women-only Somerville College. It became a hospital for convalescing soldiers, housed poets and writers and changed forever the fortunes of female students, writes Frank Prochaska. 

The events that led to the creation of the Irish Free State and reshaped the United Kingdom were part of two inextricably linked histories.