The Battle of Verdun 1916

The Battle of Verdun is rightly considered one of the more horrendous and lengthiest battles in history. Lasting almost 10 months between February and December 1916, the Battle of Verdun cost an estimated 700,000-800,000 casualties (dead, wounded, and missing) in an area no larger than 10 square kilometres. The German assault which commenced on February…

The Srebrenica Massacre

This past week marked 20 years since the Srebrenica massacre. More than 8,000 predominately Bosniak Muslims were killed by the Bosnian Serb Army under the command of Ratko Mladic (a war criminal currently on trial in the Hague). The context in which the horrors of the Srebrenica massacre occur may be traced partially to the…

19 priceless monuments lost in conflict

The  countless monuments, art, artifacts and history of civilizations lost to conflict are each a tragedy in their own right. It is a cruel irony that the Middle East, a region so blessed with the treasures of early human civilizations, is also among those most troubled by conflict. As the violence threatens to annihilate some…

Why the first world war wasn’t really

The world—or, at least, those parts of it that participated in the original events—has recently taken great interest in the first world war. Its almost casual beginning, between June 28th 1914, when the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary was assassinated by a Bosnian nationalist and the first days of August, when Germany declared war…

The Most Powerful Images Of World War I

This year marks 100 years since the outbreak of World War I. BuzzFeed has featured some very powerful images from World War I that provide for some retrospect on the Great War. The Most Powerful Images Of World War I

D-Day anniversary: ‘World-changing’ day remembered

The D-Day anniversary offers a unique moment to remember the world-changing Allied landings in Normandy. By the end of D-Day on 6 June 1944, the Allies had established a foothold in France – an event that would eventually help bring the war to an end. Upwards of 12,000 lives would be lost on D-Day, and…

10 interpretations of who started WW1

BBC News – World War One: 10 interpretations of who started WW1 As nations gear up to mark 100 years since the start of World War One, academic argument still rages over which country was to blame for the conflict.

10 big myths about World War One debunked

BBC News – Lions and donkeys: 10 big myths about World War One debunked Much of what we think we know about the 1914-18 conflict is wrong, writes historian Dan Snow.

BBC News – Dancing over the edge: Vienna in 1914

BBC News – Dancing over the edge: Vienna in 1914 One hundred years ago, Vienna was at the epicentre of a world on the brink of war. Bethany Bell reflects on a century of changes in the Austrian capital.