The parallels are not exact but -- with politicians playing with nationalism just as they did 100 years ago -- they are close enough for the world to be on its guard.
Author Joe Sacco on his panoramic fascination with The Great War
Duncan Heining says Mike Westbrook's Marching Song shows how jazz in skilled hands can address complex questions of war, see it for what it was, what we have made of it but also what it could be.
In the centenary of World War One, historians today are re-writing the story as a "good war". But the poets had the deeper reality says Neil Faulkner
The pro-war voices on David Cameron's first world war committee co-ordinating next year's centenary events are getting louder and more shrill, says Chris Nineham
Harry Leslie Smith will no longer allow his obligation as a veteran to remember those who died in the great wars to be co-opted by current or former politicians to justify our folly in Iraq, our morally dubious war on terror
Supporting the troops is increasingly used as a substitute for supporting unpopular wars, and the poppy appeal is part of that process.
David Cameron announced a "celebration" of World War I in front of a painting depicting stagnant pools of fetid water where many soldiers breathed their last. He has no sense of irony, says MP Jeremy Corbyn.
Heaven be thanked that the soldiers of the Great War cannot return today, says Robert Fisk, to discover how their sacrifice has been turned into a fashion appendage
The white poppy is about peace: lots of people think the red poppy is as well, but we cannot allow the politicians to use it to support militarism and war.
Is the only purpose of remembering the First World War to provide us with an inarticulate glow of national pride, as David Cameron seems to want?
Who should we remember in the centenary year of 2014? Richard Longstaff, researching the military records of his great uncle killed in 1918, says the victims were not only those killed or wounded in action.