In popular memory and on the big screen, the First World War was fought in the mud of northern France — or maybe in the skies above it. But what about the war beyond the irreverently-nicknamed trenches? This episode will explore the war as it was fought in the wheat fields of Romania, in the plains of Cameroon, the waters of the Mediterranean, and the deserts of Libya. Examining lesser-known fronts of WWI will also show us different experiences, and different soldiers, as the imperial maps of the late nineteenth century were permanently altered.
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Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin Macleod (www.incompetech.com)
8/28/2018 10:45:50 pm
The official Library of Congress subject heading for World War I used to be “European War, 1914-1918,” whereas World War II was “World War, 1939-1945.” Not surprising, given that Americans fought WWI mainly in Europe, while they fought everywhere in WWII. That must have contributed to the Eurocentric view of WWI, at least in the U.S., that you rightly critique.
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