French and British school children during a Somme memorial in Thiepval.
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Commemorations for young people sanctify the Great War, but it's a conflict that needs to be questioned.
A hundred years later, the magnitude of the Battle of Somme can still be felt.
A hundred years ago today, the Battle of the Somme began. This conflict, in which a million men died in order to move the front lines about six miles, spelled the end of courage as a cornerstone of masculine identity.
Vickers machine gun crew with gas masks.
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There was no need to censor Allied war reporters – they were required by law to follow the official line.
Amid the chaos of a dressing station, a dazed soldier sits with a thousand-yard stare.
100 years after the Battle of the Somme, we are only now starting to unravel the mystery causes of shell shock.
After the Somme the British army was supplied with vastly more firepower than before. This would decide the course of this war.
British battlecruiser HMS Indefatigable sunk during the Battle of Jutland.
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Both sides claimed victory after the German and British fleets met off the coast of Denmark, 100 years ago.
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Calculus helped determined the outcome of World War I's biggest naval battle, 100 years ago.
Eurovision wants to protect its 'non-political nature'. But can it?
Dublin, April 24, 2016.
For 100 years, the Easter Rising has occupied center stage in the memory making of republican Ireland. But the role of Irish soldiers in World War I had been all but forgotten -- until now.
Dublin, April 24 1916.
Irish participation in World War I has been surrounded by a form of “collective amnesia” – largely because of the part the war played in the Easter Rising.
Food was a powerful, and ever-present theme of the first world war.
Ward 43, Frank Ward, 1943. © IWM (Art.IWM ART LD 6600)
From crossing cultural barriers with a cake, to starvation used as a brutal tool of war, Australian soldiers' letters and diaries reveal an urgently important relationship with what they ate.
A new exhibition gives us an insight into the daily life – and language – of Australian soldiers in World War One.
Courtesy of University of Melbourne Archives, University of Melbourne.
When Australians went to the Western Front, language failed them. So they invented slanguage: a mix of slang, French words and creative swearing that, among other things, gave us the word "Aussie".
The long century that’s passed since WW1 is littered with the broken promises of Muslim rulers to bring about a transition to more representative forms of government.
The rise of Islamic State and its declaration of the caliphate can be read as part of a wider story that has unfolded since the formation of modern nation states in the Muslim world.
A flag-waving Islamic State fighter takes part in a military parade along the streets of Syria’s northern Raqqa province.
How far back in history does one have to go to find the roots of the so-called Islamic State? The first article in our series on the genesis of the terrorist outfit considers some fundamentals.
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.
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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.