A secret encounter that shaped world history

It is perhaps one of the most important, yet least-known moments in Canadian history, an event that set out a future of peace when the world was enveloped in conflict and despair. In early August, 1941, just off the tiny town of Ship Harbour in Newfoundland’s Placentia Bay, two of the giants of the 20th…

How the first world war changed the world

“ON JULY 28th 1914 Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, beginning the first world war. In the following four years, millions would lose their lives. What else changed? Economies shrank, stagnated and hyperinflated. It took over a decade for the German economy to recover to its size in 1913. Industry was weakened across Europe. As the continent splurged…

Canadian propaganda posters from the First World War

As you all know, this year marks the centenary of the beginning of World War I. In the spirit of remembering a profound and transformational time in human history, it is important to examine the role of communication, propaganda and mass media which began to play an ever more important role as the world entered WWI….

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…

World War One: Thomas Highgate first to be shot for cowardice

BBC News – World War One: Thomas Highgate first to be shot for cowardice He was caught, tried and shot “as publicly as possible” within 48 hours, in the first few weeks of World War One. The 19-year-old soldier’s grave is lost and his name is not on the war memorial in his birthplace.

‘Haunting’ art by Jewish children in WW2 concentration camp

BBC News – ‘Haunting’ art by Jewish children in WW2 concentration camp A collection of sketches by Jewish children who were held at a concentration camp in the former Czechoslovakia during World War Two is going on show at a Lancashire gallery. The images offer an insight into the experiences of the children, many of…

The Independent | A history of the First World War in 100 moments

The Independent | World War 1 Centenary | A history of the First World War How do you remember a war that destroyed four empires, killed 18 million people and left tens of millions of other lives irreparably broken? Today, as the world prepares to mark the centenary of a conflict that left no corner…

Sarajevo: the crossroads of history – FT.com

Sarajevo: the crossroads of history – FT.com On a street corner here 100 years ago, a 19-year-old Serb nationalist shot the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne and triggered the first world war. The assassin, Gavrilo Princip, is still a potent and divisive symbol.

Ukraine maps chart Crimea’s troubled past

Ukraine maps chart Crimea’s troubled past If Crimea were to join Russia after the planned referendum on 17 March, it would be the latest of many changes to the map of Ukraine during the country’s troubled past.

World War One: Family stories uncovered

BBC News – World War One: Family stories uncovered The World War One centenary means personal war diaries, letters and photos are emerging from dusty attics and drawers across the UK and beyond to offer a different perspective of the conflict.

Crimea and the Hysteria of History

Crimea and the Hysteria of History : The New Yorker “With Ukraine and Crimea suddenly looming as potential Sarajevos, the usual rhetoric of credibility and the horrors of appeasement comes blaring from the usual quarters. People who, a week ago, could not have told you if Crimea belonged to Ukraine—who maybe thought, based on a…

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.