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  • Originally published 04/07/2017

    How ‘Mr. Wilson’s War’ Shaped the World Order

    Arthur Herman

    While Woodrow Wilson may have entered World War I in part for the wrong reasons — to fulfill utopian dreams — 100 years later his decision stands as the right one. In the final analysis, it has made the world, and the U.S., safer.

  • Originally published 04/04/2017

    Why is America’s preeminent World War I museum in Kansas City?

    In Kansas City, community leaders formed the Liberty Memorial Association in 1919 and in just 10 days raised $2.5 million (about $34 million in today's dollars) to build a memorial. One-quarter of the city’s population donated to the cause.

  • Originally published 04/03/2017

    When The One Percent Sent Its Kids to War

    A century ago this week, the United States entered World War One. Unlike today, the children of America’s wealthiest families were the first into battle.

  • Originally published 03/28/2017

    World War I was a turning point for the labor movement

    Elizabeth McKillen

    The Wilson era and its call for capitalist values spread abroad was opposed with more tenacity than we often recognize, by workers and socialists involved in the labor movement.

  • Originally published 12/21/2016

    1914 Christmas truce "not a one-off" says Scots historian

    Historian Thomas Weber, of the University of Aberdeen, has uncovered evidence that festive meetings continued throughout the war, with a significant number in 1916 despite the huge casualties suffered in the Battle of the Somme.

  • Originally published 12/21/2016

    The History You Know Is Wrong

    Josh Marshall

    Why World War 1 started. No, the shooting of Archduke Ferdinand was not the reason.

  • Originally published 01/25/2016

    WW1 Era U-Boat Discovered off British Coast

    The German submarine, which had been missing in action for more than a century, was found during a detailed scan of the seabed for windfarm development.

  • Originally published 02/03/2015

    How deadly was the poison gas of WW1?

    Marek Pruszewicz

    The first major gas attack in war occurred 100 years ago this weekend, in what is now Poland. Gas soon became a routine feature of trench warfare, horrifying soldiers more than any conventional weapon. But was it actually as deadly as its terrible reputation suggests?

  • Originally published 12/17/2014

    The Christmas Truce: A Sentimental Dream

    Peter Hart

    From the perspective of the freezing-cold trenches the idea of the season of peace and goodwill seemed surrealistic. Yet parcels and Christmas gifts began to arrive in the trenches and there was a strange atmosphere in the air.