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Changing lives: gender expectations and roles during and after World War One

• Article created by: Susan Grayzel<br>• Themes: Historical debates, Civilians<br>• Published: 29 Jan 2014<p>Considering the roles of both men and women during World …

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Tamara Rojo's all-star war dance for English National Ballet

English National Ballet's new mixed bill, Lest We Forget, is themed around the first world war. Director Tamara Rojo has commissioned works from Liam Scarlett, Russell Maliphant and Akram Khan to be performed alongside George Williamson's setting of the 1910 Stravinsky ballet The Firebird.<p>The …

Home Fires

How soldiers write their wars.<p>“Every war is ironic because every war is worse than expected,” Paul Fussell wrote in “The Great War and Modern Memory,” his classic study of the English literature of the First World War. “But the Great War was more ironic than any before or since.” The ancient …

First World War centenary: The 13 lucky villages where all men returned

It is one of just 13 'doubly thankful' villages which survived both First and Second World War without losing a single life<p>When a Luftwaffe bomber screeched over the Cotswolds village of Upper Slaughter and dropped its lethal cargo on February 4, 1944, not a single person was killed or injured.<p>Of …

Remembering How The Great War Changed U.S. Sports

When America entered the Great War in 1917 — a war that began 100 years ago this summer — Major League Baseball faced a special problem: It had a hefty German heritage. Its best-known team, the New York Giants under John McGraw, was even sometimes called "McGraw's Prussians" for its tough, fighting …

Pope Francis Begs For An End To War On 100th Anniversary Of WWI

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I with an impassioned plea for people to "not repeat the mistakes of the past," urging them to embrace dialogue to overcome conflicts.<p>Francis cited current warfare between Israelis and Palestinians, as …

Anti-War Art: Nearly Impossible

Even the most abstract of mediums, comic-adapted poetry, finds beauty in the rubble.<p>Making an anti-war narrative is difficult, in no small part because the "anti-war" and the "narrative" can get in the way of each other.<p>Narratives, and especially popular narratives, have beginnings, middles, and …

7 Scientific Advances That Came out of World War I

The United States entered the Great War 100 years ago today. Here's how that conflict led to a century of innovation.<p>When we hear about the scientific advances that came out of World War I, which the United States entered 100 years ago today, we tend to hear about new weaponry such as tanks, poison …

How Advertisers Used World War I to Sell, Sell, Sell

Cigarettes, gramophones, even guard dogs. There was nothing that the Great War didn't provide a good excuse to buy.<p>With Britain’s centenary of involvement in World War I having arrived this week, seemingly every facet of the Great War—its brutality, its cultural upheaval, its still-mystifying …

The Spectator at war: ‘The great war has come…’

(This is the first in a series of daily extracts from the Spectator during the course of the first world war. The aim is not to tell the full story of the conflict, or even to provide a full assessment of our coverage of it — that requires deeper expertise and a wider view. Our regular archive …

Archbishop Richard Clarke: 'War Must Always Represent Abject Failure Of Humanity'

War must always represent the abject failure of humanity, the head of the Anglican church in Ireland said. Archbishop of Armagh Dr Richard Clarke …

This Week in World War I, August 15-21, 1914 Part 1

The British Engage: The First Battle of Mons<p>News of the German attack on "poor little Belgium" had inflamed public anger in Great Britain, uniting the country in favor of war. No doubt propaganda stories in the popular press about "the rape of Belgium" and alleged German atrocities there had done …

Remembrance Day

The Tower of London Pours 888,246 Poppies From A Window To Honor WWI Dead

A new installation by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper commemorates all British deaths from World War I with 888, 246 red ceramic poppies creatively arranged around the tower.<p>The human toll of war is hard to appreciate or understand in cold, hard statistics. Probably because nobody wants …

WWI Diaries Of Poet Siegfried Sassoon Go Public For First Time

Nearly two dozen diaries and notebooks of Siegfried Sassoon — among a handful of prominent soldier-poets whose artistic sensibilities were forged in the trenches of World War I — are being published online for the first time by the Cambridge University Library.<p>Sassoon, who served in the British …

Obituaries from the First World War

The Telegraph obituaries of those who fought and survived tell the story of the war from a very personal angle, whether it is the ornithologist spotting birds in the middle of a battle or the captain who rose from the dead only to be captured by the Germans.<p>On November 12 1912, in the Hetzendorf …

Why we need literature to remember the first world war

It all started with a gun, and a dose of ill-fortune; with the murder of a moustachioed Austrian and a slab of militarism, the world had made of itself a glorious war. Just like that. Leaving a puckered scar on the surface of humanity, so that the rest of time might point and stare.<p>My education on …

WW1 Lena Ashwell parties: Shining a light on the young women who brought music to the trenches

WW1 centenary: A new play seeks to shine a light on the brave young British women who toured the battlefields of the First World War to perform for soldiers. One of the authors, Dr Anne Farthing, explains all<p>As we <b>commemorate the centenary of World War One</b>, we are finally starting to build a more …

Remembrance Day

First world war centenary: 'the lamps are going out all over Europe'

Lights across the UK will be extinguished Monday to mark the centenary of the first world war at the end of a day of commemorations for the millions who fell during four years of warfare in Europe.<p>In Glasgow, the prime minister and the Prince of Wales will attend a Commonwealth service, followed by …

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

The Manchester Guardian recorded 100 years ago on Tuesday that "Great Britain declared war on Germany at 11 o'clock last night," and that an ultimatum from the cabinet to the German government had received an "unsatisfactory" reply and therefore "the King held at once a council which had been …

Son reunited with father's WW1 medal found in a shed

Two friends who found a First World War medal while knocking down a shed have traced the owner after their search was highlighted in The Telegraph<p>A man has been reunited with his father’s <b>First World War</b>medal after two friends found it in a derelict shed and appealed for help to trace the …

Service to honour WW1 Worcestershire cricket players

<b>A service has been held to rededicate a memorial to players and members of Worcestershire County Cricket Club who were killed in World War One.</b><p>Seventeen people from the club, including 10 first XI players, died.<p>The memorial used to hang above the bar in the old 19th Century pavilion but had become …

England

The War No Image Could Capture

Photography has given us iconic representations of conflict since the Civil War—with a notable exception. Why, during the Great War, the camera failed.<p>The British photographers were stationed on the front lines of the Somme, ready to capture the “Big Push” as it unfolded. Starting at 7:30 a.m. on …

How World War I gave us 'cooties'

The Brits called it the "Great War." To the Yanks, it was the "World War." No one wanted to think there could be a second. Though World War I, which began 100 years ago next month, devastated lives and landscapes, its effect on language was almost paradoxically positive. It spawned hundreds of new …

Would a World War I musical from Belgium play well on Broadway? The producers hope so

For Belgium, World War I, which broke out 100 years ago this summer, is still a living, breathing thing.<p>But this year, it’s also a major tourism draw. The government has already spent at least $50 million on activities related to commemorating the centenary, and the activities are expected to last …

Time machine: What life in Canada was like before the First World War

A by-the-numbers look at the Canada that went to war 100 years ago when rent was cheap, phones were a novelty and income tax didn't exist.<p>Read more from our look back at the First World War at tgam.ca/WWI.<p>DEMOGRAPHICS<p>GROWING UP – AND WEST<p>Less than a decade after Alberta and Saskatchewan had become …

The War That Changed The World

Valiant Hearts: The Great War gameplay video - The first 15 minutes

<i>Valiant Hearts: The Great War</i> is the latest title to use Ubisoft's proprietary, gorgeous UbiArt engine, and the benefits of its toolset are obvious at first blush. What is less clear is how the game actually functions — a matter we try to clear up in the 15-minute gameplay video posted above.

The Man Who Ignited WWI Has A Nephew Who's Still Alive (And Other Crazy Great War Facts)

A hundred years ago on June 28, a young man named Gavrilo Princip fired at Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie during their visit to Sarajevo. The assassination and ensuing instability precipitated what would become the Great War, the brutal conflict that would kill millions of …