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The Great War Archive

The Great War Archive
Happy Valentine's Day My Angel last night I received a letter from you. I learned how strong was the pain on the day we had to separate. Do you remember those beautiful kisses? Do you remember the last one we gave each other between the tears. You did not dare to say a word. This moving love letter was sent by Sergeant Major Giuseppe Castellani, to his wife Antonia at home in Fossato di Vico, while he was away serving in the Italian army during the First World War. Images: "Memory of our glorious Alps" sent 19 September 1917, and reverse View the full story and the images here. Words by Alun Edwards and Monica Rossi, University of Oxford

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Literature and the War Paul Fussell, The Great War and Modern Memory (1975). Patrick J. Quinn and Steven Trout, editors, Literature of the Great War Reconsidered: Beyond Modern Memory (2001) Vincent Sherry, The Great War and the Language of Modernism (2003). World War One World War One An A to Z of World War One Timeline of World War One 1914 and World War One 1915 and World War One Preface: Why Participate? – The Participatory Museum At the end of 2009, the National Endowment for the Arts released a sobering report on the state of arts attendance in the United States. The authors didn’t mince words; in the preface, they wrote, “The 2008 survey results are, at a glance, disappointing.”[1] Over the last twenty years, audiences for museums, galleries, and performing arts institutions have decreased, and the audiences that remain are older and whiter than the overall population. Cultural institutions argue that their programs provide unique cultural and civic value, but increasingly people have turned to other sources for entertainment, learning, and dialogue. They share their artwork, music, and stories with each other on the Web. They participate in politics and volunteer in record numbers. They even read more.

THE POETRY OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR FIRST WORLD WAR POETRY Key war poets including Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon,famous war poems (with notes), war poetry anthologies, and maps War Poetry Books Minds at War Out in the Dark We Are the DeadAlso see our Books page for many more anthologies and collections of poems by individual poets. About War Poets Rupert Brooke Wilfred OwenEdward Thomas Brief Lives of 25 War Poets What the War Poets Knew German Jewish poets of the First World War(Above include some portraits) War Poems (some with notes) Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred OwenHere Dead We Lie by A E Housman Peace by Rupert BrookeThis is no case of . . . by Edward Thomas

Literary memories of World War One Focusing on works of fiction produced during the 1920s-30s, Professor Emeritus Modris Eksteins explores the role of literature as a means to confront and overcome the devastation of World War One. Crisis of authority The war brought in its wake a crisis of authority of gargantuan proportions: political, economic, social, and, most strikingly, artistic. In the postwar years every book was a war book whether it dealt with the war or not. Prose & Poetry More than any other conflict, the Great War inspired writers of all generations and classes, most notably among combatants. The war's poets are chiefly celebrated today, although much outstanding prose work was also produced by such poets as Sassoon and Blunden, chiefly in the form of personal memoir. This section profiles the more renowned authors and contains samples of their work. Also available in this section are extended features, including a profile of Robert Graves - and, more unusually but nevertheless intriguing, a piece on literary ambulance drivers...

Anthem for Doomed Youth On June 28, 1914, Gavrilo Princip, a radical Serbian student, assassinated the Archduke of Austria-Hungary, Francis Ferdinand, and his wife Sophie. This single, amateurish stunt for Serbian independence, coupled with arrogant foreign relations and entangling alliances, would, within a month, draw the western world into the most cruel, catastrophic war it had ever known. The First World War arrived at the climax of an era of unprecedented growth and achievement in Europe, shattering people's faith in king and country, and putting the lie to the popular notion that man and society had been progressing and improving right in step with the giant strides of the industrial revolution. This was total war. This time everyone would be affected: laborers, tradesmen, public school boys, Oxbridge graduates, and women. Initially, the war was not called the First World War, for no one could believe that there would ever be another war after this one.

The 20th Century: Topic 1: Overview Today we know it as World War I, but those who lived through it called it the Great War. At first, the war was predicted to last only a few months and to result in a resounding success for the British Empire and its allies. But as the years passed and the casualties mounted into the millions, it became clear that this conflict was quite different from its predecessors. With nearly nine million soldiers killed (one in five of those who fought) and survivors afflicted with prolonged physical and mental suffering, the war marked a sea-change in the course of military and political history. It also represented a challenge to anyone wishing to give meaning to the enormity of the death toll and the futility of trench warfare. Soldiers living in rat-infested and water-saturated trenches fired machine-guns at unseen soldiers in other trenches; when they went “over the top” into no-man’s-land, they became completely vulnerable.

The First World War in Canadian Literature The response to the First World War in Canadian literature, while seemingly uniform on the surface, is in reality far more varied and complex. The response to the First World War in Canadian literature, while seemingly uniform on the surface, is in reality far more varied and complex. Dominant social narratives have asserted an overtly patriotic and unified view of Canada's involvement in the war; however, closer investigation reveals other voices that critique this idea of war as a nation builder. Unlike citizens of other countries whose remembrance of the First World War is one of profound, unvarying loss and mourning, the majority of Canadians, attempting to find meaning in the war, funneled their loss into the construction of a national identity.

"The Great War Archive contains over 6,500 items contributed by the general public between March and June 2008. Every item originates from, or relates to, someone's experience of the First World War, either abroad or at home." by macopa Apr 28