Shizuka Seow

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Still Fighting over the Great War

Was World War I a noble cause or a strategic disaster?<p>Americans once had a day reserved for the commemoration of the Great War. From 1919 through …

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World War One: The Few That Fed the Many

World War One left its mark on most families in Britain and those who worked in farming were no exception.<p>Our family was one of thousands that sent …

First world war centenary commemorations – in pictures

Events commemorating the 100th anniversary of Great Britain declaring war on Germany took place throughout the commonwealth

These Amazing Colorized Photographs Bring World War I To Life

In honor of World War I's centennial this year, The Open University has "colorized" a sample of select photos from the conflict with the help of a photograph restoration expert.<p>The photos, which were originally in black and white, feel jarringly current when colorized. World War I began 100 years …

The Guardian, 5 August 1914: England declares war on Germany

A late-night meeting, then a war declaration: a look back at how we reported the beginning of the first world war • See the original page from the Manchester Guardian<p>The Manchester Guardian recorded 100 years ago on Tuesday that "Great Britain declared war on Germany at 11 o'clock last night," and …

How the Guardian reported the first world war: England declares war on Germany

Originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 5 August 1914<p>Great Britain declared war on Germany at 11 o'clock last night.<p>The Cabinet yesterday delivered an ultimatum to Germany. Announcing the fact to the House of Commons, the Prime Minister said: "We have repeated the request made last week …

There are no lessons from the first world war

I’ve just been in France, where the shadow of the First World War always seems to be darker and longer than that cast over Britain; it is partly that, aesthetically, their war memorials are far more haunting than ours, but also that in sheer numbers our allies lost more men than we did, up to 1.4 …