From 'islands of pain' to the 'peril of exposure,' writers have captured the fear, emptiness and despair that characterize life during the current pandemic, writes a poet and English scholar.
Suffering a pandemic and the aftermath of a war that killed 50 million, the world in 1920 faced a turning point as it negotiated a new political order. As today, the key issue was racial inequality.
In many national crises, black Americans have been essential workers – but serving in crucial roles has not resulted in economic equality.
PODCAST: The third part of a series from The Anthill Podcast on how the world recovered from major crises throughout history focuses on the recovery after 1918.
Food is essential to survival. It is also essential to identity. During times of national crisis like the coronavirus pandemic and in the historical landscape, food issues become prominent.
War movies are an enduring genre, making hundreds of millions at the box office. With Anzac Day approaching, we ask: does Hollywood go too far in obscuring the true horrors of battle?
This isn't the first time sports have been put on hold. But in the past, the reprieve was brief, and sports went on to act as a way to bring Americans together. This time's different.
The commitment we made to full employment after World War II ushered in decades of prosperity. The paths we chose after this war will be as important.
The pandemic makes it hard for the royal family to act as national figureheads as they have in past crises.
The so-called 'Spanish flu' didn't actually come from Spain. What else do people often misunderstand about this famous crisis?
An Iranian general's killing sparked fears of war and a draft in the US. Those are old fears, says a scholar who contends it's a myth that during the two world wars, men signed up in droves to fight.
Largely unknown today, Bourbaki was the last mathematician to master nearly all aspects of the field. There’s just one problem: Bourbaki never existed.
The first two-minute silence in 1919 was designed as a moment that could unite people across many divides. It has become a collective means of commemoration for all manner of tragedies
The politics of the war continue to resonate in our discussions of national identity and purpose.
When the US entered World War I in 1917, military chaplains catered to majority white and Christian soldiers. Today the armed forces recognize over 200 denominations and religious groups.
The landscape artist bravely left her aristocratic life behind to help save lives on the Italian front.
Memories can be powerful tools to address humanity’s most difficult political, sociological and environmental problems
There is no weapon more visceral than the bayonet. It encourages an intimate form of killing, and during WW1, Australia troops plunged, parried and stabbed with great vigour.
Veterans of past wars have long been at the forefront of peace advocacy in the United States.
Despite many attempts, the Kurds have never won and kept their own nation -- though, after World War I, they came close.