Latest post: The Great War and Prehistoric Memory by Ross Wilson

We are used to thinking of the First World War as the moment when society was confronted with the new horrors of industrialised warfare. Indeed, the scholarship of the war has focused in recent years on how far the conflict encouraged the development of the 'modern age?.[i] New concepts of art, literature, politics and society are regarded as emerging from the war as societies adjusted to the legacy of bereavement and trauma. However, for many observers, the war was a return to a distant past rather than an embrace of an unknown future. Historians have noted the reference to classical or medieval motifs in wartime writing but to many the conflict was comparable to a prehistoric... read more