Erzberger: Negotiating the Armistice for Germany
Professor Annika Mombauer discusses the fate of Matthias Erzberger, the most hated man in post-war Germany.
The Experience and Memory of 11 November 1918
Were the British people as jubilant as some newspapers depict on the day of the Armistice in 1918? Vincent Trott explores the mixed feelings at the end of the First World War.
Why do we have a two minutes’ silence on 11th November?
Have you ever wondered where the two minutes' silence originated? Has the practice stayed unchanged since 1919? Find out here...
The Armistice in Fiction: Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End
How are celebration, silence and ambiguity used to depict the armistice in A Man Could Stand Up - volume 3 of Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford?
What was the impact of 'Spanish flu' on the armistice?
Flu claimed a number of lives as the First World War was ending. This article taken from our Timewatch series explores how devestating the influenza outbreak really was...
The First World War continues: Britain’s dash for Mosul, Iraq, November 1918
After the armistice of 1918, why did the British occupy Mosul, Iraq? Dr John Slight looks at the continued hostilities in the Middle East after the guns fell silent on the Western Front.
The First World War continues: Medina, Arabia, January 1919
When you think of the First World War, you may think of the Western Front or the dates 1914 - 1918, but did you know that this truly global war was still being fought in 1919 in the Middle East? Dr John Slight explains..
After the First World War: the 1919 Egyptian Revolution
Despite British troops not leaving Egypt until the 1950s, the first Egyptian Revolution actually happened in 1919. Dr John Slight digs into the tensions that united the Egyptian people after the First World War...
The First World War: trauma and memory
In this free course, The First World War: trauma and memory, you will study the subject of physical and mental trauma, its treatments and its representation. You will focus not only on the trauma experienced by combatants but also the effects of the First World War on civilian populations.
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Kaiser Wilhelm II: from early years to exile
The last German Emperor and the last King of Prussia, Wilhelm II led German forces during the First World War.
Death on the eve of Armistice
Flu and a last gasp of fighting claimed lives even as the First World War was coming to a close. Michael Palin spoke to two experts to find out why.
Beyond the slaughter and loss of the First World War
Michael Portillo asks why we only think of slaughter and loss when we recall the Great War.
Britain's Great War: Download your free 'The First World War Experienced' booklet
From casualties to commemoration, explore the realities of war with this free booklet.
Was it the bitter lessons from defeat in The Somme which allowed the British to finally turn the tide of the First World War? Robert Foley considers the evidence
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The origins of the First World War
Annika Mombauer from the British Library takes you through a series of articles exploring the factors and events that led Europe, and the world, to war.
The origins of the First World War
Take an in-depth look at how Europe ended up fighting a four-year war (1914-1918) on a global scale with this collection on the First World War.
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