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World War I (1914-1918)

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  • Historian Jay Winter: The five things Americans should know about the Great War

    Historian Jay Winter: The five things Americans should know about the Great War
    A chauffeur's happenstance wrong turn down a back street in Sarajevo 100 years ago this week ended in the assassination of the heir to the throne of the Habsburg empire. Archduke Franz Ferdinand's murder was the catalyst for the Great War that haunts...
  • Film Review: 'Castles in the Sky'

    "Making the invisible visible" is the objective that Scottish physicist Robert Watson-Watt repeatedly claims to pursue in "Castles in the Sky." It's also what Gillies MacKinnon's staid but affable biopic seeks to do for its human subject, placing a soft...
  • Rickenbacker bio tells tales of 'Enduring Courage'

    "Enduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed" by John F. Ross; St. Martin's Press (400 pages, $27.99) World War I fighter ace Eddie Rickenbacker and the internal combustion engine came of age together....
  • Iraq should be split up [Letter]

    Iraq should be split up [Letter]
    The situation in Iraq is most analogous to that of Yugoslavia. Both countries were cobbled out of fallen empires after World War I, Iraq from the Ottoman Empire and Yugoslavia from the Austria-Hungarian Empire. Long standing ethnic, cultural and religious...
  • Concert Review: Grant Park Orchestra performs Elgar's First

    Concert Review: Grant Park Orchestra performs Elgar's First
    In a few days we'll observe the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the incident that brought about the cataclysm of World War I. Austrian writer Stefan Zweig called the period from just before the war –...
  • World War I: A war too easy to forget

    Commenting recently about seeing the play "War Horse," one of my 11th-grade students expressed surprise that "even some of the Nazis had humane feelings" for the plight of animals caught up in war. "It's about the First World War," I replied. "There...
  • Indian Motorcycle roars back into business

    Indian Motorcycle roars back into business
    When 92-year-old Bobby Hill was a young man, he raced Indian motorcycles in Dodge City, Kan., and other tracks across the country, going toe-to-toe with Harley-Davidson bikes in a fierce rivalry. But the Indian motorcycle company, an iconic brand that...
  • Cheatham Annex celebrates 71 years of service to fleet, family and fighters

    Cheatham Annex celebrates 71 years of service to fleet, family and fighters
    WILLIAMSBURG – It sits in a corner of York County, just off Route 199, next to the York River in the heart of the “Historic Triangle”—Yorktown, Williamsburg and Jamestown. The land is rich in history, from the first settlers in the...
  • Review: 'Some Desperate Glory' by Max Egremont

    Review: 'Some Desperate Glory' by Max Egremont
    The cataclysmic destruction of World War I inspired, altered and, in too many cases, stilled the voices of great British poets. More than an anthology, less than a group biography, Max Egremont's "Some Desperate Glory: The First World War the Poets Knew"...
  • Here's how it's done-2

    When, for a change of pace, I turned last week to actually good prose, a few of you suggested that I might make such an excursion a regular feature. Let's give it a try.  Here is an extract from Adam Gopnik's "The Back of the World: The Troubling Genius...
  • Why the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has many names

    Some people call it the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. Others call it the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. Why does the Al Qaeda splinter group have more than one name? Because the group, which in recent days has seized large...