Australian War Memorial
The decision to 'ban' relatives of British servicemen to the commemoration of the 1916 Battle of Fromelles is wrongheaded.
Remembering the fallen.
Gallipoli has become an enduring symbol of World War I's futile carnage. But the campaign did have a purpose.
‘On yer bike, Ebeneezer.’
Dicken's great anti-hero has monopolised festive literature for too long. Here are the alternative takes on the season of goodwill that you have been missing.
Agyness Deyn as Chris Guthrie
Lewis Grassic Gibbon's tale of rural Scottish change between the world wars is anything but narrowly focused. It speaks to our universal sense of injustice and fairness.
Keith Murdoch (right) with Prime Minister Billy Hughes during the first world war.
Tom D.C. Roberts has crafted a book full of remarkable insights into a central figure in Australian corporate and political history, a figure hitherto enveloped in family mythology: Keith Murdoch.
Every year thousands of students read George Orwell’s 1984 and are doubtless convinced that its perspective on language and power is “definitive”. Except that it’s not; and hasn’t been since at least the 1970s.
Manuel Harlan/Melbourne Festival
Many still regard George Orwell’s 1984 and its message about the nature of language and power "definitive". But globalisation has revolutionised how we communicate; 1984 tells us nothing about our future.
Pre-war life in Brussels.
The execution of austere British nurse Edith Cavell in World War I inspired music, art, poetry, propaganda - but no weeping.
Obama and Kerry discuss the Iran nuclear deal at the White House, September 10 2015.
With the Iran deal, Obama may be repeating a famous strategic misstep from World War II.
World War I made the world realise the importance of scientific research.
Australian War Memorial G00907
Before World War I, science was considered a novelty in Australia. But the War triggered the realisation that the government needed to invest in scientific research.
Henry James renounced his American citizenship in 1915 in response to his country’s inaction.
When Henry James renounced his American citizenship in 1915 in response to his country's inaction, he spearheaded a movement of writers who refused to sit on the sidelines amid turmoil in Europe.
Prior to world war one, many more soldiers died of infection rather than combat.
Rupert Brooke was commissioned in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve as a Sub-Lieutenant. Without seeing combat, he died aboard a French hospital ship, from a mosquito bite that turned septic.
The tragedy at sea captured by a London Illustrated News artist
The torpedoing of the passenger liner in 1915 was abhorrent but the story behind the story reveals one of the first effective government propaganda campaigns
Tsitsernakaberd Genocide memorial in Yerevan, Armenia.
A century on, the murder of 1.5m Armenians by the Ottoman Empire must be recognised as genocide.
Activists trying to bring attention to the issue of rape in war were arrested for protesting at Anzac Day services in the 1980s.
ACT Heritage Library
Protests on Anzac Day, rather than being 'utterly alien to Australians', have a long tradition and embody the democratic right to dissent for which the troops fought.
Protesters attend a huge anti-conscription rally at Yarra Bank in Melbourne, 1916.
National Library of Australia, n6487142
The democratic freedoms Australians hold dear today – freedom of the press, assembly and speech – were won on home soil by courageous women and men who sacrificed much, but rarely recognised for it.
Medical opinion soon came to regard symptoms of ‘shell shock’, as exhibited by the solider at bottom left, as psychological in origin.
For contemporaries and later for historians, shell shock came to encapsulate all the horror of a new form of industrialised warfare.
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin.
In late January 1945, Hungarian teenager Bart Stern hid in a pile of bodies to avoid being killed by the Nazis at Auschwitz. He survived, but not one of his friends escaped. Soon afterwards, the Red Army…
World War I Christmas Truce Commemoration match – but it’s debated whether the original ever happened.
Mike Egerton/PA Wire
The Christmas Truce is no stranger to popular entertainment – this year more than any other as its 100th anniversary is marked. The famous moment when British and German soldiers climbed out of the trenches…
Crowd in Downing Street during the war.
Library of Congress
The audio drama evangelist and bloodhound in me has caught scent of the fragrant odour of a renaissance. The immense popularity of Serial, with its style of journalistic storytelling and dramatic sensation…
One of the first WW1 films. Yes, really.
Breve Storia del Cinema
Most people probably have an image of World War I derived as much from popular culture as from school textbooks, especially in this centenary year. It is the image of hopelessly naïve soldier-victims marching…