Our blogger at DHP, Janine Noack, is a science reporter for the WeberWorldCafe blog, which is hosting a World War I event today starting 2 P.M (CET) or 12 P.M. GMT, for those of us in the UK. The theme of the WeberWorldCafé is “Narrating the First World War – Experiences and Reports from Transregional Perspectives”. There will be updates on Twitter under the hashtag #1wwc.
The event today will have six different table panels presenting, and each panel is based upon a geographical region: 1. Western Europe, 2. Central Europe, 3. Eastern Europe, 4. North America/Oceania, 5. Western Asia, 6. Near and Middle East, 7. East Asia/South Asia, 8. Africa. Check out the WeberWorldCafe blog for more on the panels!
Read more about the event here.
by Catherine Katz
Catherine Katz is an MPhil in Modern European History student at the University of Cambridge.
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Have you ever wondered what world leaders would write in their Facebook accounts (in the pre-Obama era, of course)? Even though it’s two years old (a bygone era in the age of the internet) this post from CollegeHumor is more actual than ever. “Facebook News Feed History of the World: World War I to World War II” starts with pictures from the Crimean War and goes on to explain the causes and consequences of the two world wars up to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
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Was the Great War a great mistake? 100 years on, historians and the public reflect on Britain’s involvement in World War One – a debate led by Niall Ferguson on BBC Two, Friday 28 February 2014. It then was moved to Radio 5 Live at 10.30 pm – 11.30 pm through which Professor Helen Weinstein (@historyworkstv) chaired the online debate via blogging and Twitter. Overall, over 4000 tweets were sent to #WW1, #pityofwar and #necessarywar. Here are some exerts from the debates found on Twitter: a TINY sampling of the various debates and thoughts of viewers and listeners. Read more