Category Archives: Remembering World War I

World War I: The Unspoken Legacy

The traditional interpretation of the Great War’s ending is to examine how the map of Europe changed after all the carnage. The Austria-Hungarian Empire broke into the two discrete nations of Austria and Hungary; at the same time, two other … Continue reading

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World War I: The Enduring Cost

I am making this statement as an act of wilful defiance of military authority because I believe that the war is being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it. I am a soldier, convinced that I … Continue reading

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World War I: Northern Neighbors

When Great Britain had declared war in 1914, its colonial military forces in Australia, India, New Zealand, and South Africa mobilized in the effort. The situation was different in Canada, because the country’s political structure allowed for the UK’s Parliament … Continue reading

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World War I: Black is not a color of the rainbow

When the New York National Guardsmen of the 42nd Infantry Division left for the Great War, they were given a jubilant send-off. They were named the Rainbow Division. Another group of men, the 369th, also from New York, would leave … Continue reading

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World War I: Haunted Faith

“I am haunted by humans.” –Death, our narrator, in the last line of Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief. Maxim Gorky and Vladimir Maiakovsky are not two writers most readers of Russian literature would put in the same sentence. Even their … Continue reading

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World War I: “War—the world’s only hygiene”

Sun Tzu wrote The Art of War, Carl von Clausewitz wrote On War, and both texts have been rather disturbingly, in my opinion, reinterpreted for self-help and business-management books. Business as war or the overcoming of personal difficulties cast as … Continue reading

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World War I: The Libel Against Women

Ask someone to name one woman from World War I, the response is likely to be Mata Hari, the exotic and executed Dutch dancer-spy; in reality, there is scant evidence that she was a spy. While women were abroad in … Continue reading

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