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World War I

Winning Design for National WW I Memorial Announced

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.27.2016 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

As noted here, while our nation's capital is blessed with an abundance of splendid parks, statuary, monuments and memorials and while there are two...

An Ode to Henry Moseley

Peter Reynosa | Posted 01.07.2016 | Science
Peter Reynosa

Henry Moseley was an English physicist who had a major impact on our understanding of what an atom of an element is made of and how we should arrange these elements in the periodic table, and doing all of this before he was killed in action in the First World War at only 27.

The Christmas Day That Peace Broke Out

Michael Winship | Posted 12.24.2015 | Politics
Michael Winship

Once again, politicians and others run around ferociously beating the war drums, pandering to our fears and baser instincts. In the end, while there are really very few differences among us, there will always be those who seek to turn those small differences into monsters. Do not let that happen. We all rest on the same side. See you next year.

This Week in World War I, November 28-December 5, 1915

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 11.29.2015 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

The Balkan Front was a 900-mile front that stretched from the Isonzo River valley in northeast Italy to the Romanian Black Sea coast. The front consisted of a series of largely separate campaigns.

Almost a Century Ago, Another Democratic Socialist Ran for President of the United States -- From His Prison Cell

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

In the early twentieth century, roughly a century before Bernie Sanders's long-shot run for the White House, another prominent democratic socialist, Eugene V. Debs, waged his own campaigns for the presidency.

Beyond the Uniform and Simple Thanks

Joel Peterson | Posted 11.11.2015 | Impact
Joel Peterson

Don't get me wrong, I'm very grateful for all the many friends and acquaintances who are truly generous and genuine with their thanks.But, many veterans have shared that they feel what I feel: awkward, weird, half embarrassed, a bit resentful, but also proud.

Protecting while Promoting the Great War's Underground Cities:Update

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 11.11.2015 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

Every day Dr. Jeffrey Gusky posts a haunting new photo on his Instagram feed. A portrait or list of names etched into a cave wall, a boot, a pile of unexploded shells or a set of tunneling tools leaning where its owners propped them underground a century ago.

Splinterlands: The View From 2050

John Feffer | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

In 2015, people were so busy crossing borders -- real and conceptual -- that they barely registered the backlash against globalization. Officially, more and more countries had committed themselves to diversity, multiculturalism, and the cosmopolitan ideals of liberty, solidarity, and equality. But everything began to change.

This Week in World War I, October 31-November 6, 1915

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 10.31.2015 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

Following an evening bombardment, Ottoman troops tried to crawl through gaps in the barbed wire emplacements surrounding the British camp, but were repulsed. The next day, a force of Turkish troops, accompanied by Arab irregulars, tried to bypass the British camp entirely and made their way towards Basra, but were stopped by elements of the 2nd Dorset and the 24th Punjabis.

This Week in World War I, October 25-31, 1915

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 10.25.2015 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

The Second Serbian Campaign: October-December 1915 Serbian Troops on the Stava River, Summer 1915 The first Serbian campaign commenced on July 29, ...

This Week in World War I, October 17-23, 1915

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 10.17.2015 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

The Battle of Loos was the largest, most extensive British engagement on the Western Front in 1915. It was the first time that units of "Kitchener's New Army," were deployed in battle.

In WWI Tribute, 'Young Men' Pushes BalletBoyz to Absolute Limits

Meghan Feeks | Posted 10.07.2015 | Arts
Meghan Feeks

The advent of mechanical weaponry in World War I literally took warfare out of human hands, and in so doing, took its effects beyond human comprehension.

Is The Thucydides Trap for the U.S. and China? A Response to Graham Allison

Mary Buffett | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics
Mary Buffett

This week the Atlantic Magazine published "The Thucydides Trap: Are the U.S. and China Headed for War?" by Graham Allison. I have a great deal of respect for Graham Allison and he lays out a series of compelling arguments. But I believe he will be proven wrong in this case.

Finally a National World War I Memorial

Dorian de Wind | Posted 08.26.2015 | DC
Dorian de Wind

Our nation's capital is blessed with an abundance of splendid parks, statuary, monuments and memorials. But what was lacking in Washington, D.C. was the concept of "national" war memorials, i.e. memorials "commonly accepted as the nation's memorial for all its citizens who died in a particular war."

Forgotten St. Petersburg: Shadows of the Romanovs

Jean Newman Glock | Posted 08.18.2015 | Travel
Jean Newman Glock

Visiting the opulent restored palaces of St. Petersburg is impressive and a must. But through these untouched sites, I walked into history and found the shadows of the Romanovs.

First Nighter: Kevin Kerr's Affecting Period PIece Unity (1918)

David Finkle | Posted 08.13.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Kerr focuses on Unity, a small Saskatchewan town, during the unhappy year when the world-wide-epidemic threatened at the same time as World War I soldiers damaged by mustard gas began to return. The playwright doesn't see much sunny in what is ultimately a paean to the country's resilient national spirit.

The Tennesseans to Premiere July 4

Ed Hooper | Posted 07.03.2015 | Impact
Ed Hooper

The Tennesseans: A Volunteer Legacy will premiere July 4 and 5 on the state's public television stations. The hour-long film is the first to highlight the events, men and women that earned the state its nickname from the Revolutionary War Battle of Kings Mountain to the modern battlefields of today.

This Week in World War I, June 6-12, 1915

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 06.06.2015 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

By the beginning of June 1915, the stalemate that had ensued in the Gallipoli campaign prompted Lord Kitchener, the British Secretary of State for War, to decide to commit even more troops to Gallipoli.

Kit Harington: On Yorkshire, His New Film 'Testament of Youth', and How He Really Sees Himself

Duane Wells | Posted 06.08.2015 | Travel
Duane Wells

As the world marks the centenary of the First World War, the new film Testament of Youth, directed by James Kent and starring Game of Thrones hero Kit Harrington and Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, revisits the landscape of the England that inspired Vera Brittain's seminal memoir upon which the film is based.

WWI Hero Sgt. Henry Johnson Receives Long Overdue Medal of Honor

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Megan Smolenyak

Almost a century after their service, Sgt. Henry Johnson and Sgt. William Shemin were finally awarded the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony for their heroics in World War I.

Racing to Preserve the Underground Cities of World War I

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
Joseph V. Micallef

Copyright (c) 2013, Jeffrey Gusky, All Rights Reserved This horse is about two-thirds life size. Hundreds of troops from New England's Yankee Divisi...

Memorial Day: Correcting the Story of World War I Medal of Honor Recipient Sgt. Henry Johnson

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.22.2015 | Black Voices
Megan Smolenyak

Sgt. Henry Johnson and Sgt. William Shemin are being awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama at a White House ceremony for their heroics in World War I. Not surprisingly, a fair bit of information about both soldiers can be found online, and while personal details about Sgt. Shemin are mostly accurate, Sgt. Johnson's are frequently distorted.

What These 3 Dead Physicists Can Teach You About Innovation

Harry Red | Posted 05.20.2015 | Small Business
Harry Red

You can argue. Discoveries in science, not business, made by people who are long dead. What could we possibly learn here? Plenty, in fact.

The Sinking of the Lusitania: How a Wartime Tragedy Occasioned a Landmark Animated Movie

The New York Public Library | Posted 06.08.2015 | New York
The New York Public Library

More than any other single event, Germany's sinking of the Lusitania on May 7, 1915, which resulted in the loss of 128 American lives, signaled the moment when U.S. public opinion about the First World War began to crystallize.

Does the US Have a Moral Obligation to Save the World From Evil Men?

Mario Almonte | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Mario Almonte

While some will always protest America's involvement in foreign wars for various reasons, others believe that the country is morally obligated to liberate the oppressed and feed the hungry wherever they may be in the world. Is it time we swallowed our pride, cut our losses, and simply walked away?