Sunday, March 09, 2014

First World War symposium and images

This is another UC-Berkeley symposium from this weekend on the topic, "Wartime and Postwar Memories Reconsidered," with the discussion beginning around 20:00, Vienna Symposium: Part 2 (1 of 2) 03/08/2014:

This is the second part, video beginning around 4:30, Symposium: Part 2 (2 of 2) 03/08/2014:

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, "Self-Portrait as Soldier" (1915)

John Singer, "Gassed" (1919)

The British National Portrait Gallery has a helpful Chronology of the First World War.

Chateau Wood, Ypres 1917 (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

This is a wartime image of Kaiser Bill (Wilhelm II) with the slogan "Gott mit uns" ("God with us").

The loyalties of the Almighty seem to have been a matter of some confusion. According to His loyal followers, He backed Germany, Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire, but also the opposing Entente side of Britain, France, Italy and Russia. And eventually the United States (of course!). Some Christian theologians might suggest that God wasn't very happy with this whole war business.

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