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Life on the eve of war: the workers unite

Despite the reforms brought in by the Liberal government, the years before the war were punctuated by a series of strikes and civil unrest. By Philip Johnston<p>The Left still calls it the Great Unrest – a period between 1910 and the outbreak of the First World War when workers, many organised for the …

Life on the eve of war: the disunited kingdom

In 1914, when Parliament passed the Home Rule Act in the face of Tory opposition, Ulster Unionists organised armed revolt, and civil war threatened. By Charles Moore<p>Much the greatest issue in British politics in the spring and summer of 1914 was Ireland. Since April 1912 the Liberal government of …

The trains that took us to war

Without railways, the First World War could never have happened, as Michael Portillo explores in his new TV series<p>Think Portillo on railways and immediately the mind rattles down the narrow-gauge track of comfortable nostalgia.<p>There is the politician-turned-presenter relaxed in some polished-wood …

Trains

Life on the eve of war: preparing the Navy for battle

As the prospect of war loomed, Winston Churchill had the task of preparing the already impressive Royal Navy for what lay ahead. In doing so he faced a political struggle on his own shores. By Con Coughlin<p>When Winston Churchill, in his capacity as the First Lord of the Admiralty, staked his …

World History

Life on the eve of war: panic at the bank

As financial markets reacted to turmoil in Europe with panic, in London people formed orderly queues, waiting to turn their banknotes into gold. It was the beginning of the end of the City's status as the financial centre of the world. By Jeremy Warner<p>When the British taxpayer bailed out the banks …

Life on the eve of war: the first truly global financial crisis,

As financial markets reacted to an impending World War One and the turmoil in Europe with panic, in London people formed orderly queues, waiting to turn their banknotes into gold. It was the beginning of the end of the City’s status as the financial centre of the world. By Jeremy Warner<p>When the …

London Stock Exchange

How the First World War changed motoring

Despite the carnage, technological advances and greater use of motorised vehicles revolutionised post-war society<p>The <b>National Motor Museum</b> Trust, Beaulieu, has been given £97,200 of Lottery funding to explore how the <b>First World War</b> led to a revolution in leisure motoring.<p>A commemorative project …

Remembrance Day

Life on the eve of war: the best of enemies

In the months leading up to World War One, relations between Britain and Germany were surprisingly cordial<p>One of the many oddities to be found in browsing copies of The Daily Telegraph from the first half of 1914 is a near-insistence on the strength of Anglo-German friendship. Surely, we think a …

Royal Navy

The Great War and education

As the nation commemorates the centenary of the outbreak of WWI, Prof Gary McCulloch looks at the impact the First World War had on education<p>The Great War was first and foremost a military event on a global scale, but it was also a social and political landmark. Education was a fine example of …

The lost gardeners of Heligan

A series of events tomorrow commemorates the workers who left the idyllic Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall for the First World War trenches<p>“Heligan is a modern miracle,” wrote the novelist John Fowles. “Once the estate of the Tremayne family, its ancient community was definitively scuppered – …

Vegetable Gardens

World War One centenary: Far-flung heroes of the first truly global war

An interactive map produced by the National Archives highlights the key role played by countries across the globe in the First World War<p>They were thousands of miles away from the horrors of the Western Front.<p>But islands and territories such as Jamaica, Bermuda and the Seychelles played a key role …

Remembrance Day

A mother’s anguish over the first man to fall

John Parr’s death is shrouded in mystery but a ceremony in Belgium on Monday honours his memory, and his family’s quest for the truth<p>In life, little set John Parr apart. No picture survives of the ordinary working class boy, who grew up in a Victorian terrace in a suburb of north London and was …

Royal Family

How darkness descended over Europe in August 1914

On the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, historian Hew Strachan profiles Sir Edward Grey, whose words are behind a national commemoration<p>"The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life”. In his 1925 memoirs, Sir Edward Grey said that he could …

World History

First World War centenary: how the events of August 1 1914 unfolded

Britain went to war on August 4, 1914. In the first part of a four-day series, we document the dramatic events leading up to the declaration of war as they happened, hour-by-hour<p><i>Are we to go in or stand aside? Of course everybody longs to stand aside.</i> <b><br>Herbert Asquith, diary entry, July 31</b><p>The crisis …

World History

First World War centenary: how the events of August 2 1914 unfolded

Britain went to war on August 4 1914. In the second part of a four-day series, we document the dramatic events leading up to the declaration of war as they happened, hour-by-hour<p><i>Ever since 1892, when France and Russia had joined in military alliance, it was clear that four of the five signatories</i> …

World History

Inventories of war: soldiers' kit from 1066 to 2014

World History

August 3 1914: the countdown to cataclysm across the world

The build-up to hostilities of the First World War was met with joy in Berlin, disinterest in France, disbelief in America and fear in Russia<p><b>GERMANY by Justin Huggler</b><p>Huge crowds poured through the streets of Berlin on 3 August, 1914. They were celebrating in Germany. Soldiers marched through the …

World History

WW1 centenary: how the events of August 4 1914 unfolded

Britain went to war on August 4 1914. We document the dramatic events leading up to the declaration of war as they happened, hour-by-hour<p>The outbreak of war in 1914 is not an Agatha Christie drama at the end of which we will discover the culprit standing over a corpse in the conservatory with a …

Europe

August 5 1914: The nightmare begins – with some patriotic fervour and rocketing prices

The 4am edition of The Daily Telegraph on Wednesday August 5 1914 may not have had news of war on its front page, but inside pages had plenty of news about the countdown to world war<p>There was nothing on the front page of the 4am edition of The Daily Telegraph on Wednesday August 5 1914 to tell the …

World History

The start of the First World War was a seminal moment in modern history

It shaped almost every aspect of the world in which we now live – the first act in a drama that lasted until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991<p>The final weekend of peace was sunny and warm. On the Bank Holiday Monday, day trippers flocked to the most popular resorts, Blackpool and Brighton, …

World History

Never forget the bravery and the selfless sacrifice

Commentary: As Britain prepares to remember, Sajid Javid, the Culture Secretary, on why we should never forget<p>Within the rich earth of St Symphorien Military Cemetery, there is indeed “a richer dust concealed”. The site, just over a mile from the Belgian tourist town of Mons, is the resting place …

Indian Army

The First World War still touches Britain

The lost lives we commemorate have added meaning in light of the troubles of today<p>Tomorrow marks the 100th anniversary of Britain entering the First World War, a chance to remember the fallen at church services or at wreath layings across the country. In the evening, many Britons will be lighting a …

World History

BBC Proms War Horse review: 'movingly elegiac'

Serena Davies on the 'beautiful reimagining' of Michael Morpugo's classic story at this year's proms<p>The 2014 Proms’ most explicit commemoration of the start of the First World War came the day before its outbreak. Sunday’s short, sweet concert invited us to remember the conflict by putting War …

Flute

Military kit through the ages: from the Battle of Hastings to Helmand

Photographs by Thom Atkinson of military kit through the ages suggest that while technology evolves apace, the experience of soldiers in the face of war is unchanging<p>On a winter’s day in 1915 the family of one Capt Charles Sorley – athlete, soldier and poet – received a package. It was his kit bag, …

World History

In war and peace, Britain can be proud

When plans were made for the commemoration of the First World War, it seemed like an exercise in history – a necessary and salutary process of remembrance, but not one that could have much resonance in an age where consumerism appeared to have replaced patriotism as society’s animating force.<p>Yet …

History