What If World War I Had Never Happened?

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July 2014 will witness the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I. Everybody, from media outlets to authors, are anticipating this anniversary with a series of publications. A flood of books covering the war, especially its outbreak, have recently hit the market. These include Margaret MacMillan’s The War That Ended Peace, Christopher Clark’s The Sleepwalkers, Geoffrey Wawro’s A Mad Catastrophe, Max Hastings’ Catastrophe 1914, and Sean McMeekin’s July 1914. Several newspapers and magazines, particularly in Britain, have produced multi-issue histories of the war. The Daily Telegraph‘s coverage has been particularly impressive:


The British Library has produced a terrific set of essays about the war, written by some top-notch historians:


A number of massive digital projects associated with World War I have also recently emerged. Britain’s National Archives has digitized several thousand World War I unit diaries:


The quirkiest commemoration of World War I, however, comes to us from NPR which has produced the following series: “What If World War I Had Never Happened?”


You can read the summaries and the transcripts, but it might be more fun to listen to the audio. As we approach July 2014, more and more material will get published, and we’ll try to keep you abreast of the highlights.


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