Haig’s War Diaries and Letters 1914-1918

Extract ‘Reports up to 8am most satisfactory. Our troops everywhere had crossed the Enemy’s front trenches.’ –Haig, Diaries and Letters, p.195, 1 July 1916 Introduction/Context This is an extract from the volume of Haig’s War Diaries and Letters 1914-1918, published in 2005. Douglas Haig was a senior officer of the largest British Army to date,Continue reading “Haig’s War Diaries and Letters 1914-1918”

What challenges did propaganda present for journalism in the 20th century and were they overcome?

Introduction From the late nineteenth century onwards, war and the mass media have ‘enjoyed a long, intricate relationship’ which only intensified with the growth of technology during the twentieth century.[1] Information from overseas correspondents could be relayed faster than ever before and the variety of mediums over which it was presented increased, allowing reporters toContinue reading “What challenges did propaganda present for journalism in the 20th century and were they overcome?”

How accurate are British popular memories of the Great War?

Introduction Most of the British adult population will have grown up hearing stories of a relative’s experience of the Great War.[1] However, since the late 1970s, the number of veterans alive rapidly diminished and today – 100 years since the Armistice – there are no surviving veterans.[2] As a result, the younger half of theContinue reading “How accurate are British popular memories of the Great War?”