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The first world war centenary should be about shared understanding, not political point-scoring

The first world war centenary should be about shared understanding, not political point-scoring | European History 1914-1955 | Scoop.it
Margaret MacMillan: Politicians of both left and right want to hijack the debate about this catastrophic event in our history – but it belongs to all of us
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Eminently sensible commentary by Margaret MacMillan on the controversies stirred up by politicians

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Berlin 1914- A city of ambition and self-doubt

Berlin 1914- A city of ambition and self-doubt | European History 1914-1955 | Scoop.it

One hundred years ago, Germany was an industrial powerhouse and its capital Berlin had hopes of becoming a great world city. Instead, decades of catastrophe followed.

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A good article about Berlin on the eve of The Great War

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Antony Beevor: A century on, this bloody war still divides us

Antony Beevor: A century on, this bloody war still divides us | European History 1914-1955 | Scoop.it
Perhaps in years to come historians will argue whether the great Gove-Hunt War was bound to break out before the anniversary of the First World War, or whether it could have been avoided. Some might say it is a futile conflict.
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Antony Beevor wades in...

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How radio — and the digital age — help us to remember the first world war

How radio — and the digital age — help us to remember the first world war | European History 1914-1955 | Scoop.it
Perhaps the most moving programme of all amid the huge range that will mark the coming centenary of the Great War will be on 28 June, the day when in…
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Max Beckmann. Descent from the Cross (1917)

Max Beckmann. Descent from the Cross (1917) | European History 1914-1955 | Scoop.it

 Descent from the Cross (Max Beckmann)

 

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Beckmann's stark protrayal of Christ's dead body is a shocking reminder of the death that surrounded him and his generation who saw the pain and suffering of their comrades echoed by Christ's suffering during the cruxification. A generation crucified. 

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Please help save our crumbling war memorials - Telegraph

Please help save our crumbling war memorials  - Telegraph | European History 1914-1955 | Scoop.it
The War Memorials Trust is asking people to check the condition of their local monument and report any concerns after it found more than 10,000 were in a poor state of repair
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Your family history of World War One

Your family history of World War One | European History 1914-1955 | Scoop.it
Your family history of World War One
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A European initiative to collect family histories from WW1

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Fawn B Morgan's curator insight, February 8, 1:53 PM

The yanks served in Europe and Grandpa Foy carried the traces both physical and emotional for the rest of his short life.

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The War Poets revisited: a modern-day response to 1914

The War Poets revisited: a modern-day response to 1914 | European History 1914-1955 | Scoop.it
To mark the centenary of the first world war, poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy invited poets to respond to the poetry, letters and diary entries from the trenches and the home front – including Seamus Heaney, whose specially written poem is posthumously...
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Kristallnacht: Germany Remembers a Grim Anniversary - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Kristallnacht: Germany Remembers a Grim Anniversary - SPIEGEL ONLINE | European History 1914-1955 | Scoop.it
Nov. 9 marks the 75th anniversary of the Nazi regime's "Kristallnacht" pogrom. To memorialize the event, organizers are experimenting with new and sometimes odd methods -- including broken window decals and Twitter dispatches.
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The Myth of Cable Street | History Today

The Myth of Cable Street | History Today | European History 1914-1955 | Scoop.it
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Unpublished photographs by French First World War soldier digitised

Casa de la Imagen has digitised 500 stereo negatives of a previously unpublished photo archive from the First World War.
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Astonishing pictures from the front.

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The Windrush Generation

The Windrush Generation | European History 1914-1955 | Scoop.it
The Empire Windrush's voyage from the Caribbean to Tilbury took place in 1948. Believe it or not, very few of the migrants intended to stay in Britain for more than a few years.
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1941: Babi Yar massacre

1941: Babi Yar massacre | European History 1914-1955 | Scoop.it
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The Great War: a battle for meaning

The Great War: a battle for meaning | European History 1914-1955 | Scoop.it
It is historical idiocy to write off this war as 'incomprehensible slaughter'.
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Frank Furedi on the intellectuals of 1914's attitudes to war and the contrast with today's No Glory cultural elites. 

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Epitaph - Gallows humour from the front

Epitaph - Gallows humour from the front | European History 1914-1955 | Scoop.it
An epitah at the front "Poor old Bill he left this place, with smoking gun and smiling face, But Bill won't mind if some good chap, Will follow up and fill the gap." Back as (C) GB124.DPA/631/66/F
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From the excellent Manchester Archives

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Richard J Evans: Michael Gove shows his ignorance of history – again

Richard J Evans: Michael Gove shows his ignorance of history – again | European History 1914-1955 | Scoop.it
The education secretary's attack on first world war historians is no way to conduct the debate he claims he wants to encourage, writes Richard J Evans
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As the centenary of the beginning of the Great War begins, politicians are already seeking to make what could and should be an opportunity for discussion and analysis into a left/right slanging match. History and historians are rarely that easy to categorise and here Professor Evans neatly skewers Gove. 

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Black and German | The Woyingi Blog

Black and German | The Woyingi Blog | European History 1914-1955 | Scoop.it
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A black survivor of the Nazi death camps

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Otto Dix: Christ and Veronica (1943)

Otto Dix: Christ and Veronica (1943) | European History 1914-1955 | Scoop.it
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A stark equation of the suffering of Christ with the suffering in World War 2

 

Now in Vatican Museum

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Hiding behind the Cenotaph, Cameron will seek to re-write history | openDemocracy

Hiding behind the Cenotaph, Cameron will seek to re-write history  | openDemocracy | European History 1914-1955 | Scoop.it
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A warning about the 2014 'celebrations' of the outbreak of WW1

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Jisc - The story of the matchbox - The Great War Archive

The digitisation of the Great War Archive was funded by Jisc and is available to everyone to view online. And in so doing, bringing to life stories that may ...
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One of the many remarkable stories of ordinary people being unearthed as the centenary approaches of the outbreak of WW1

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Roger Waters sends poem to vet who located spot father was felled in war - Telegraph

Roger Waters sends poem to vet who located spot father was felled in war - Telegraph | European History 1914-1955 | Scoop.it
Roger Waters, the Pink Floyd bassist and song writer, has sent a poem to the British army veteran who located the exact spot where the musician’s father was killed in action in Italy during the Second World War...
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The Nazi Anatomists

The Nazi Anatomists | European History 1914-1955 | Scoop.it
In 1941, Charlotte Pommer graduated from medical school at the University of Berlin and went to work for Hermann Stieve, head of the school’s Institute of Anatomy. The daughter of a…
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Children of the revolution

Children of the revolution | European History 1914-1955 | Scoop.it
When communist revolutionaries were fighting around the world, they needed a place to send their children - Interdom, in the USSR.
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Sobibór: The Other Great Escape | History Today

Sobibór: The Other Great Escape | History Today | European History 1914-1955 | Scoop.it

October 2013 marks the 70th anniversary of the mass breakout from Sobibór death camp. Althea Williams recalls an extraordinary event that is today largely forgotten

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Was Neville Chamberlain really a weak and terrible leader?

Was Neville Chamberlain really a weak and terrible leader? | European History 1914-1955 | Scoop.it
Seventy-five years after the Munich Agreement, the name of Neville Chamberlain is still synonymous with weakness. Is this fair, asks historian Robert Self.
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