Democracy and Its Discontents: Walter Lippmann and the Crisis of Politics (1919-1938)

Walter Lippmann / Public Domain The interwar period was a moment of deep crisis everywhere. By Dr. Francesco Regalzi / 04.12.2011 Professor of Political Science University of Turin The interwar period was a moment of deep crisis everywhere. The already strong shock of World War I, a conflict that involved different continents with political and[…]

Europe before 1914 and the ‘Great War’

Original designs for battleship HMS Dreadnought, produced by the British Royal Navy in 1905 / British Library, Public Domain Considering factors such as globalization and military advancement and examining the political and diplomatic landscape of Europe before the outbreak of World War One. By Dr. David Stevenson / 01.29.2014 Stevenson Professor of International History The[…]

The Knights of the Front: Medieval History’s Influence on Great War Propaganda

A knight fighting a dragon, 15th-century woodcut / Rauner Special Collections Library, Wikimedia Commons The emergence of medieval imagery in the First World War propaganda. By Haley E. Claxton This article focuses on the emergence of medieval imagery in the First World War propaganda. Examining several specific uses of medieval symbolism in propaganda posters from[…]

Why paint war? British and Belgian Artists in World War One

Battle of the Somme by Muirhead Bone, official British Wart Artist, 1916 / British Library, Public Domain British and Belgian artists of World War One, from Henry de Groux and his eyewitness responses to the Belgian invasion, to the later generation of British artists who transformed their frontline experiences into abstract, modernist artworks. By Dr.[…]

The Origins and Outbreak of World War I

Public Domain How did World War One break out? Professor David Stevenson closely examines the three stages that led to war being declared between Austria-Hungary, Serbia, Germany, Russia, France, and Britain. By Dr. David Stevenson / 01.29.2014 Stevenson Professor of International History The London School of Economics and Political Science In July-August 1914 an international[…]

Weapons of World War One

Senior Curator Paul Cornish looks at the developments in weaponry technology and strategy that led to the modern warfare of World War One, which was characterized by deadly new weapons, trench deadlocks, and immense numbers of casualties. By Paul Cornish / 01.29.2014 Senior Curator Imperial War Museums London 1914 witnessed the clash of huge armies[…]

How World War I Sparked the Artistic Movement that Transformed Black America

Aaron Douglas. “Aspects of Negro Life: From Slavery to Reconstruction.” Oil on canvas, 1934. The New York Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Art and Artifacts Division. Many associate post-World War I culture with Hemingway and Fitzgerald’s Lost Generation. But for black artists, writers and thinkers, the war changed the way they saw their past and their future. By Dr. Elizabeth J. West / 05.31.2017[…]

The Long Legacy of World War I

Three soldiers at an observation station on the Western Front in 1918. / National Library of Scotland To mark the 100th anniversary of American military involvement in World War I, three distinguished historians address the question: What do you think is the most important legacy of the First World War? Bruno Cabanes describes how the sheer[…]