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World War I

This WWI Letter Proves That Love Is Timeless, Makes Us Swoon

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Zaslow | Posted 04.10.2014 | Good News

There's nothing quite as romantic as a good ol' fashioned love letter. A letter signed by "Chas," a United States soldier based in Europe during W...

Haunting Photos Bring The Great War Back To Life

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 04.09.2014 | World

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, the 4-year conflict that cost the lives of millions of soldiers and civilians from ...

A Woman's Place is in the House... and Senate

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 04.08.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

There aren't many women in the U.S. Congress. In fact we are nowhere near parity; less than 20 percent of our Representatives and Senators are women. Let's learn about some women who changed the face of politics in the U.S.

Egon Erwin Kisch on the Frontlines of the First World War

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 04.08.2014 | Books
Franz-Stefan Gady

The date in the diary is Sunday, August 16, 1914. The attack on Serbia by Austro-Hungarian Forces had only commenced four days previously. The keeper of the diary was 29 years old Egon Erwin Kisch, an Austrian soldier in the 11th Imperial and Royal Infantry Regiment.

'Heroes and Generals': Finding a New Narrative for War Games

Greg Perreault | Posted 04.03.2014 | Entertainment
Greg Perreault

If we think of education as satisfying curiosity, which in the best cases, it should, then its easy to see how games can serve to educate as well as entertain.

George Orwell and Karl Kraus: Two Sides of the Same Argument Against Political Euphemism

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 04.02.2014 | Books
Franz-Stefan Gady

Kraus's perplexing aphorisms and linguistic legerdemain and Orwell's sparse prose are two sides of the same argument against political euphemism employed to dehumanize and enslave a population for the sake of a 'higher good' or grosse Zeit (extraordinary times).

Bad Ass American Women at War`

Erin Lindsay McCabe | Posted 03.18.2014 | Women
Erin Lindsay McCabe

This Women's History Month, it's worth remembering that women have served in the United States military since its very inception -- and in nearly every conflict thereafter.

13 Towns That Do St. Patrick's Day Best

Moira McGarvey | Posted 03.16.2014 | Fifty
Moira McGarvey

For those of you who aren't Irish or of Irish descent, St. Patrick's Day may just represent a day where people go out for a good time, possibly drink too much and paint shamrocks on their faces. But for my family and for many whose families originally hailed from Ireland, there's a little more to it. For many of us it represents hope, spirit and the achievement of the American Dream.

Daylight Saving Time

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.08.2014 | Good News
William B. Bradshaw

Historians tell us the general idea for daylight saving time was first written about in 1784 by Benjamin Franklin while in France.

The National Debt

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

Democrats and Republicans are blitzing us with propaganda about the national debt. My purpose here is not to side with either political party, but to add understating to the subject.

The Old Man and the Sea (of Stuff)

Doug Bradley | Posted 04.14.2014 | Books
Doug Bradley

The Hemingway legacy lives on. Like many of my male baby boom cohorts, the Hemingway hero, the Hemingway style and the Hemingway ethos cast a very large shadow over us.

Valentine's Day Gifts - Living Wills, Advance Directives, DNRs

Joseph Cooper | Posted 04.13.2014 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Two of the most notable books published in the U.S. in 2013 "trouble" readers with medical, ethical, moral, emotional, psychological and legal struggles that arise when a loved one is succumbing to insidious pain and irreversible incapacity.

Asia: The Ghosts of 1914

John Feffer | Posted 04.02.2014 | World
John Feffer

China and Japan are on a collision course. If they don't find a way to back down and save face, no amount of historical knowledge and mutual commerce will prevent an Asian march of folly.

Two Kinds of Time: 2014 War Anniversaries in China and the West*

Jeffrey Wasserstrom | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey Wasserstrom

The continuing significance of 60-year cycles as well as centuries in Chinese timekeeping has relevance for how geopolitical tensions of the present moment are being put into long-term perspective.

The Zimmermann Telegram

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Ricardo B. Salinas

Espionage is an even more important issue in this age of electronic communication. In the past few years we have learned that no government or institution, ally or enemy, is safe from the intelligence services of the United States.

Book Review: A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith

Rob Taub | Posted 03.14.2014 | Books
Rob Taub

It's 1931 and Cora Blake is about to leave the United States for the first time in her life on a trip to Paris with four women she's never met. These...

When Will They Ever Learn? The American People and Support for War

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Of all America's wars over the past century, only World War II has retained mass public approval. In almost all cases, Americans turned against wars they once supported. How should one explain this pattern of disillusionment?

Christmas 1914: It Happened More Than Once

Anne Dilenschneider | Posted 03.01.2014 | Good News
Anne Dilenschneider

Over the years, John said, veterans who were part of the 1914 truce often wanted to meet him. In 2010, between concerts in Virginia, John was taken to West Virginia to meet someone who wanted to hear "Christmas in the Trenches."

First Nighter: Robert Wilson's "Life and Death of Marina Abramovic," Martha Clarke's "Cheri"

David Finkle | Posted 02.13.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

The one thing you can safely say about The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic at the Park Avenue Armory is that it is what it is. What it is is Ro...

Learning About Grapes and History in the Champagne Region Near Paris

Eileen Ogintz | Posted 01.27.2014 | Travel
Eileen Ogintz

I always knew champagne was for celebrations but until now, I didn't know why or appreciate how much effort -- how much sweat, tears and family history -- it takes to create that bottle of bubbles.

An Espionage Thriller Set in World War I Era: An Interview with Pulitzer Prize-Winner Robert Olen Butler on His New Novel The Star of Istanbul

R. Clifton Spargo | Posted 01.26.2014 | Books
R. Clifton Spargo

I caught up with Butler, shortly after he'd received the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature. We talked about his views on the place of popular culture in his literary fiction, on journalists and espionage, on his cats and hobbies, and on why the genre of the thriller speaks so readily to our contemporary imagination.

Reflections of a Citizen Soldier After Veterans Day

Bill Moyers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Previously published on BillMoyers.com WWII veteran Bernard Weisberger reflects on the service of men and women who were brave, loyal and heroic -- a...

PHOTOS: World Remembers Armistice Day

Posted 11.11.2013 | World

At 5 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918, representatives of Germany and the Allied Forces gathered in the personal train carriage of French general Ferdinand Foch ...

5 Veterans Who Will Make You Proud To Be Latino

The Huffington Post | Ana Benedetti | Posted 11.11.2013 | Latino Voices

Latino veterans form an important part of American history. Since the United States fought for its independence in the late 18th century, there have b...

Armistice Day: The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month

Sandi Bachom | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Sandi Bachom

My grandmother, Catherine Mackenzie McCrae Higgins, was born in Canada. She said, "aboat" and, "eh?", put two syllables in "film" and invariably told the same story every year, that her cousin, Lt Col John McCrae wrote a poem in WWI called, "In Flanders Fields."