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.
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
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.