Attempts to hijack the commemorations must be contested every step of the way. Remember the suffering of the soldiers, says Seumas Milne, rather than the cowards who sent them to die.
Lindsey German says if you read one book on the first world war make sure it is this readable and gripping account of the prelude to war, and the political and military decisions which accompanied it.
Coope Boyes and Simpson are angry and cynical: "Politicians will wave flags. It's easy to get into the pomp and glory of it, but we have to say what happened and why."
Let’s be honest, says David Berry, the first world war is a global canvas of arrogance, brutality and stupidity that puts other wars—before or since—in the shade.
The government has come under fire for its costly plans to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the first world war in 2014. Historian Hew Strachan and novelist AL Kennedy debate the issue
In previous wars these men would have died but the medical advances of the early twentieth century ensured that more and more of these men were able to live.