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A history of the First World War in one hundred blogs ! No.4 Austria bombs Belgrade and all hell breaks loose !

(Austrian shallow-draft naval monitors steam down the river Sava and the Danube for Belgrade, 1914.)

“One day the great European War will come out of some damned foolish thing in the Balkans (1888)” –Otto Von Bismarck… 496 more words


Norman Angell – The Great Illusion

This year is the hundredth anniversary of the start of the First World War. There was no better time to read my copy of The Great Illusion, an Edwardian bestseller that is mostly famous for saying that the First World War would never happen. 910 more words

Twentieth Century

Treasures of London - Swiss Court...

In the hubbub of the West End, it’s easy to walk past the colourful monuments of Swiss Court without realising their significance is. 

Located between Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square, the area was formerly home of the Swiss Centre, completed in the late 1960s as a showcase and trade centre for Switzerland. 189 more words

Monuments, Memorials, And Gateways

Haunted Chambers by Conrad Aiken

THE LAMP-LIT page is turned, the dream forgotten;

The music changes tone, you wake, remember

Deep worlds you lived before, deep worlds hereafter

Of leaf on falling leaf, music on music, 332 more words

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A history of the First World War in one hundred blogs ! No.3 Was war inevitable ? The blame game and some thoughts on the July crisis of 1914.

(The Balkan pot threatens to boil over in this 1912 Punch cartoon by Leonard Raven-Hill. Unfortunately imperialist and nationalistic tension could not be contained by August 1914. 1,463 more words


Laughing about Hitler

Is it ok to laugh about Hitler? This seems to be the one big question critics have been asking themselves about Timor Vermes’s Look Who’s Back… 421 more words