Britain’s dominant historical narrative is one of victory and pseudo-remembrance in a country that has never stopped using military force abroad and often prides itself on its willingness to do so.
TE Lawrence was always angry about the British betrayal of the Arabs in the Sykes-Picot agreement. A century on, borders it established are falling apart
It is important to remember how today's chaos in the Middle East came about, and why adding yet more warfare to the current crisis will perpetuate exactly what the “Great Loot” set out to do 100 years ago
The Middle East today is on fire. Historian Neil Faulkner explains how this vortex of violence extending from Central Asia to West Africa originated in the first world war.
We need to honour and emulate those who rejected the call to kill and be killed in the First World War, says David Rosenberg.
By early 1916 a flagging British war machine had to resort to conscription to round up enough men for the trenches of Europe. Chris Fuller looks at the machinations of the politicians and the resistance they faced.
T.E. Lawrence has in some ways become the patron saint of the US Army in its wars on Afghanistan and Iraq.
In 1916, in one of history's longest and deadliest battles, 300,000 French and German troops died for a few acres of France. The ghosts still linger.
War’s devastation lets landscapes go to ruin. Air is defiled by dust and rank adrenalin. Stop Wars by poet Heathcote Williams. See video and lyrics »
An unusual Christian service linked the courage and conviction of WW1 conscientious objectors to peacemaking in the present and future.
David Bowie's song I'd Rather Be High from his 2013 album The Next Day, tells the story of a traumatised soldier back from war. See video and lyrics »
Arthur McBride and the Sergeant makes me think of all the brave conscientious objectors to the first world war. I wish many more had been able to do it.