Remembering World War I – 100 years on.
ABC Radio National marks the centenary of World War One with 10 hours of special broadcasting over June 28-29.
The Great War: Memory, Perceptions and 10 Contested Questions places the conflict within its broad global dimension, focusing on ten critical questions about the war.
The Contested Beginning: After 100 years the causes and origins of WW1 are as contested as ever – why? More
Lions and Donkeys: How accurate is the view that the General Staff in WW1 were bumbling incompetents, out of touch with the reality of the trenches and unable to comprehend the destructive power of industrial warfare? More
Sideshows: Entente commanders believed that the war would be decided on the Western Front and that everything else was a “sideshow”, but the Great War also raged in Italy, Austria, Palestine, Turkey, and New Guinea. How important were these theatres of war to the outcome of the conflict? More
The Enemy Within: Anarchist, syndicalist, Marxist, Christian pacifists, nationalists, women’s groups and intellectuals all opposed the war and conscription. So were the soldiers at the front let down by some of the people at home? More
Hell and Healing: Industrial warfare forced doctors and nurses to find new ways to treat the wounded, maimed and psychologically damaged. What insights did the war give us into human suffering, and how have future generations benefited from this? More
The Pen & the Sword: In his analyses of Great War literature, literary historian Paul Fussell argues that irony was the predominant literary response to the horrors of war. How important is this literature to the way we remember the war today? More
The View from Berlin: Did Germany engineer the war for its own territorial ambitions, or was it a victim of the complicated diplomatic web that bound it to an unstable Hapsburg empire? More
God and Country: The Great War was a test of faith like no other before or since. What part did religion play in the war, and what impact did the conflict have on belief? Was Christian Europe a casualty of war? More
Other Voices, Other Battles: Could the Entente powers have survived at the front without the assistance of troops and workers from colonised nations? More
Endgame: The Hundred Days offensive brought an end to the stalemate in the trenches and saw the collapse of the Central Powers. Should the allies have occupied Germany at the end of the War, and if they had, could they have prevented WW2? More
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Between 2014 and 2018 Australia and New Zealand will commemorate the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years since both nation’s involvement in the First World War.
The Anzac Centenary is a milestone of special significance to all. The First World War helped define both countries as a people and as a nation.
For more information about events and functions planned throughout this time click on the links below:
100 Years of ANZAC – Australian Government
New Zealand WW100 – New Zealand Government
First World War Centenary – Imperial War Museums (IWM)