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Timeless stories from our 171-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
Notes on humiliation
Why we can’t beat our addiction to war
Ahundred years ago this month, the First World War shuddered to a close. The end came when the armistice took effect on the Western Front at 11 am on November…
How World War I delayed a treatment for diabetes and derailed one man’s chance at immortality
Untangling truth and fiction in an age of perpetual war
All the way, at odd times, far off, with neither sense nor sequence, the guns have sounded almost like the noises of peace — blasting or pile-driving. Now, outside the…
An illustrated interpretation of “Gone, Gone Again,” by the British poet Edward Thomas.
commenced in February. It was over the Voie Sacrée that the gallant Twentieth Corps — the corps d’attaque that has been used as the drivingwedge in every big assault since…
Why the world went to war in 1914
Remembering World War I’s executed deserters
From a note sent in 1917 to the Appeal Tribunal in Middlesex, England, which reviewed requests for exemption from military service during World War I. The note is included in…