A New Open Resource for the Centenary

World War One: Continuations and Beginnings will surface the highest quality Open Educational Resources (OER) on this historic event through a cross-disciplinary set of thematic collections that reappraise the War in its social, historical and cultural context. Some of the most notable academics in the field of World War One studies will be contributing to this resource through a scholarly blog. If you would like to contribute a blog post to any of the resource themes, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us using the link at the top of this page.

Cite : A New Open Resource for the Centenary (http://ww1centenary.oucs.ox.ac.uk/?p=63) by Kate Lindsay (http://ww1centenary.oucs.ox.ac.uk/author/katharine-lindsay/) licensed as Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/)

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About Kate Lindsay

Kate Lindsay, University of Oxford is the Director of World War One Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings. She is also the Manager for Education Enhancement at Academic IT where she also led the First World War Poetry Digital Archive and public engagement initiative Great War Archive. She has eight years experience of in-depth work on World War I digital archives and educational curricula. Kate has a degree in English Literature from the University of Leeds, combined with an MSc in Information Systems from the University for Sheffield, and an MSc in Educational Research from the University of Oxford. She is particularly interested in womens' experience of War and the representation of the First World War in popular culture.
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3 Responses to A New Open Resource for the Centenary

  1. Nicole d'Entremont says:

    Chere Ms Lindsay,

    I am a writer currently residing in Nova Scotia where I am continuing work on a novel loosely based on my Uncle, Leo Zachary d’Entremont whose name now resides on the Menin Gate since he has no known grave and was killed in Ypres, Belgium in 1916. He lived as did my father in the small Acadian fishing village of Pubnico where I am now keying in this email. In the three years that I have been writing/researching this book, I have found very little(almost nothing in the literature) that details the french- acadian experience during that war. It really is unexplored territory but I am a novelist and not a historian and I am finding that my book deals more with the human interactions in a family where two sons go off to war and only one returns but a sub-theme is also a certain French/English tension.

    I’m writing you because I am interested in what you are doing and also generally interested in events being planned for the First WW centenary and hoping that the whole thing does not degenerate into some kind of nationalistic one-upmanship between competing countries to have the biggest, splashiest commemoration. Frankly, I think a peace walk from France to Italy via the Western Front might make more sense with representatives from all the belligerent nations joining in but I doubt that will happen.

    Have you read The Beauty and The Sorrow by Peter Englund? Knopf An amazing document recently published.

    My internet connection here is fragile but I would like to stay connected withwhat you are doing.

    Au revoir,

    Nicole d’Entremont

    • Kate Lindsay says:

      Dear Nicole

      Thank you for your comment. We are thrilled that you are finding our work interesting. If you would be interested is writing us a short blog post on the French-Acadian experience that would be a welcome edition so do get in touch with us. The idea of a peace walk is wonderful.

      Best, Kate

  2. Nicole d'Entremont says:

    Dear Kate,

    I’m sorry it has taken me so long to respond. I am back in Maine, USA having left Nova Scotia a week ago. The internet connection is much better here.

    I would be happy to write a short blog post on the French-Acadien experience re WWI for you but the history is tres scant. The literature about the Canadian experience is mostly from English Canada and revolves around Ontario and the resistance to conscription there in 1917. That feeling, of course, was fueled by the fact that the French language was banned in schools in 1913 and, of course, there is still evidence today of a French/English split in Montreal. I will poke around a little more and see if I can sleuth up some more information re the maritimes-while I was attending the Universite Sainte Anne(a French University in Nova Scotia) I read that the priests (French) who founded the school(my uncle Leo went there) did not encourage the young men in attendance to go to the European war but it appears their reasoning was that they wanted them to be priests. Anyway, in my own family’s story-my two uncles as young acadiens volunteered in 1915 and one returned and one did not and my novel is concerned with that reality and much of the research I have done involves both German and English literature on the war. Have you read Philip Gibbs-Now It Can Be Told? It is a brilliant book and he was there and wrote with incredible skill and sensitivity.

    I’ll say this in all candor. I have a fear that this Centenary observation might become some kind of bully-pulpit for Us vs Them. When I went to Ypres, I did see many, many Commonwealth cemeteries and one German cemetery but German bones are mixed with French and British Commonwealth bones in that ground. Everyone was used in that war and I think it is a lesson that must also be taught.

    I’ve trimmed my sails re a grand walk for peace but am talking with friends here about some kind of international observation at the Menin Gate in 1914. Anyway, it would be great to continue this correspondence because I think it is important to talk honestly about these issues.

    Best to you,

    Nicole

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