As the centenary of the outbreak of the “war to end all wars” is commemorated throughout Europe, one signally important theatre of war is likely to remain overlooked – Africa.
The centennial anniversary was an elite-driven vapid spectacle presided over by celebrity actors, bishops, dukes and duchesses, by generals and reverential politicians laying flowers.
The First World War centenary has been seized as a military propaganda opportunity, says Simon Jenkins, and so-called lessons learned have been ignored or forgotten.
In February 1914 John Burns was promoted to be President of the Board of Trade. But when war came in August he returned to the tradition that made him and resigned.
World War One memorial events are dominated by British writers, ignoring the war poetry from France, Germany, Russia and elsewhere that is of equal quality and sometimes better.
The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand 100 years ago set in motion a chain of events leading to world war. Could the shooting down of flight MH17 do the same today?