Themes

Explore the worldwide implications of the war in Origins, outbreak and conclusions; the logistics of military organisation in The war machine; and the realities of warfare in Life of a soldier and in Race, empire and colonial troops. Consider the roles of non-combatants in Civilians, the power of persuasion in Propaganda, creative responses to the war in Representation and memory; and the changing nature of our perceptions of war in Historical debates.

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Origins, outbreak and conclusions

How did World War One begin? Why did it escalate and what was the impact of both war and peace on the countries involved?

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The war machine

How were the 65 million men who fought in World War One recruited, armed and organised?

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Life as a soldier

What was life like for the millions of professional, conscripted or recruited soldiers?

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Race, empire and colonial troops

Over four million non-white men served in World War One. Explore more about their lives and responsibilities.

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Civilians

What was life like for civilians, women, children and those displaced by the fighting?

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Propaganda

How was propaganda used to inspire patriotism, dehumanise the enemy and change opinions?

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Representation and memory

In addition to poetry, what were the other creative responses to the War? How have these affected our memory and understanding?

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Wounding and medicine

How were soldiers injured in World War One and how did doctors, nurses and scientists treat them?

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Historical debates

How have the views of historians and our understanding of World War One changed over time?

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