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  1. August 25, 2014

    Front, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh Festival – review

    Belgian director Luk Percival’s Front is unlike any other first world war drama programmed for the 1914 centenary. Drawn...

  2. August 15, 2014

    The Proms and the first world war

    As part of its first world war centenary tribute, the BBC Proms this Sunday will juxtapose works by three composers who died...

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  1. August 10, 2014

    US struggles to advance from rear in marking the Great War

    Americans, by their own admission, are lagging behind their old allies in the first world war when it comes to commemorating...

  2. FT Photo Diary

    August 5, 2014

    ‘Spectra’ artwork marks war anniversary

    Dylan Martinez/Reuters People experience an artwork entitled ‘Spectra’ by Japanese visual artist Ryoji Ikeda during ‘Lights...

  3. August 4, 2014

    We must hope political leaders learn lessons of first world war

    First world war centenary – the world remembers The lamps went out again over Europe on Monday, patchily and only...

  4. FT Photo Diary

    August 4, 2014

    River of poppies

    Rosie Hallam/FT Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at The Tower of London. An installation by Paul Cummins to mark the...

  5. FT Photo Diary

    August 4, 2014

    Lest we forget

    Danny Lawson/PA Wire The Prince of Wales during a wreath-laying ceremony at the cenotaph in Glasgow to commemorate the...

  6. August 4, 2014

    First world war centenary marked by ceremonies in UK and Europe

    First world war centenary – the world remembers European leaders from former warring countries came together in Liege on...

  7. August 3, 2014

    First world war: Ripples across the century

    From the flatlands of Belgium to the mountains of northern Serbia, ceremonies are being held this month to mark the opening...

  8. August 3, 2014

    First world war centenary stirs conflicting feelings in Germany

    A famous German icon of the tragedy of the first world war is a sculpture of two grief-stricken parents, kneeling in...

  9. August 3, 2014

    Remember the quiet glory of the old soldiers of Whitehall

    It is not often that civil servants from the UK Treasury are described as unsung heroes. But as we remember the outbreak of...

  10. August 1, 2014

    How community rallied to help veterans

    Broughton House: a soldier’s refuge Ken Cunliffe remembers the stories his father used to tell him about first world war. A...

  11. August 1, 2014

    War: In history’s shadow

    A century has passed since the guns of August 1914 ended the era of European predominance with a deafening bang. Could such...

  12. FT Photo Diary

    August 1, 2014

    Tower of London poppies mark centenary of second world war

    Andy Rain/EPA A Chelsea Pensioner walks among poppies in the moat at the Tower of London on Friday. This year marks the...

  13. FT Photo Diary

    August 1, 2014

    Embroidery displayed at St Paul’s

    Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Canon Michael Hampel holds a chalice above an embroidered altar frontal at St Paul’s Cathedral on...

  14. July 30, 2014

    Australia’s first world war commemorations raise questions

    As a bugler breaks the silence at Sydney’s Anzac memorial with the daily rendition of “The Last Post”, visitors bow their...

  15. July 28, 2014

    Crisis-hit France finds source of pride in La Grande Guerre

    Standing on a hill in rolling countryside on the edge of champagne country, a 30m tall monument testifies to one of the...

  16. July 27, 2014

    Light falls on first world war as living memory fades

    When an oil lamp is extinguished at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior at 11pm on August 4, the occasion will be conducted...

  17. July 25, 2014

    Lest we forget: testimonies from soldiers of the first world war

    The Burning of the World: A Memoir of 1914, by Béla Zombory Moldován, translated by Peter Zombory Moldován, New York Review...

  18. July 4, 2014

    Countdown to the first world war

    July Crisis: The World’s Descent into War, Summer 1914, by TG Otte, Cambridge University Press, RRP£25/$29.99, 555 pages The...

  19. June 17, 2014

    Germany seeks to avoid clash at Ypres over Juncker job

    The prospect of Britain losing out to Germany in a row over Brussels jobs at an EU summit in Ypres, the first world war...

  20. March 25, 2014

    Tea, sex and one last cavalry charge

    India is full of surprises, and I have rarely been more surprised than to be invited, in the midst of a very 21st-century...

  21. March 9, 2014

    ‘A present-day event of baffling complexity’

    The parallels between current events in Ukraine and those that led up to the outbreak of the first world war 100 years ago...

  22. March 7, 2014

    What did you invest in before the war, great grandpa?

    In this centenary year of what contemporaries called the Great War and we now call the first world war – because it became...

  23. February 7, 2014

    New London theatre about the first world war

    It will be difficult to escape the war of 1914-1918 across all artistic platforms in London in this anniversary year. While...

  24. January 24, 2014

    The first world war, 100 years on

    The Long Shadow: The Great War and the Twentieth Century, by David Reynolds, Simon & Schuster, RRP£25, 544 pages First World...

  25. January 17, 2014

    Poetic words of war

    A few weeks into the marathon commemorations of the start of the Great War – here in the UK they are planned to continue for...

  26. January 17, 2014

    Best-seller list reveals German desire to reassess Great War

    The first world war, a conflict long overshadowed in Germany by the crimes of the Third Reich, is being reassessed by a...

  27. January 14, 2014

    Failing elites threaten our future

    In 2014, Europeans commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the first world war. This calamity launched three...

  28. January 6, 2014

    Time to think more about Sarajevo, less about Munich

    Can thinking about the past improve the way you handle the present? If so, this year’s centenary of the outbreak of the...

  29. January 1, 2014

    Reflections on the Great War

    In January 1914 few Europeans imagined that, seven months later, their political and military leaders would plunge the world...

  30. December 23, 2013

    Let us debate the Great War freely

    On Christmas day 1914, German and Allied troops on the western front came out of their trenches and made their own,...

  31. November 7, 2013

    Tourism: Remembrance events bring hope of visitor boom

    The first world war may be most closely associated with the trench warfare in Flanders’ fields, the flat, easily traversed...

  32. October 4, 2013

    The causes of the first world war

    The War That Ended Peace: How Europe Abandoned Peace for the First World War, by Margaret MacMillan, Profile Books, RRP£25,...

  33. August 25, 2013

    France to lead first world war centenary commemorations

    Those nations that fought in the first world war are to commemorate the centenary of the start of the four-year conflict...

  34. August 25, 2013

    International tensions weigh on first world war centenary

    Diplomatic tensions are surfacing around the world as the combatant nations in the first world war prepare to launch a...

  35. August 9, 2013

    Oh! What a lovely war centenary

    Almost exactly 99 years ago, my grandfather set out for France with the British Expeditionary Force. What became known as...

  36. June 10, 2013

    Minister balks at saying first world war was ‘just’

    David Cameron’s envoy in charge of commemorating the centenary of the first world war refused to describe the conflict as “a...

  37. May 10, 2013

    The first world war’s commemorations reveal today’s truths

    The street intersection in Sarajevo from which Gavrilo Princip shot dead the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28...

  38. February 4, 2013

    The shadow of 1914 falls over the Pacific

    The flickering black and white films of men going “over the top” in the first world war seem impossibly distant. Yet the...

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