The Shadow of the Great Wars
World Wars I and II came to transform every aspect of life in nearly every corner of the planet. Now, 100 years since the start of WWI and 75 years since the end of WWII, as public memory of the great wars begins to fade, we look at their lasting impact and ponder the future of their memory.
Does the World Need the Idea of “Bad” Germans?
Since World War Two, guilt and shame have defined Germany's international role. Why does the world still cling to the idea of "bad" Germans?
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From zebra-like patterns on military ships to using Hollywood-style effects to disguise California, World Wars I and II were the dawn of a new age of camouflage.
Left out of the "Greatest Generation"
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The Last Nazi Hunter
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The Swastika and the Crescent
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The Forgotten Soldiers: India and Pakistan in the Great War
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