Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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Thank you to everyone who came out to hear Dr. Crews's lecture last night!  We learned about some new interpretations for the importance of the Zimmerman Telegram to the entry of the United States into World War I as well as a broader diplomatic and political context for the Mexican Revolution.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The first public lecture of the fall semester will be held September 9, 2014, at 7:00 pm in Twomey Auditorium (Wood Building room 100).  Dr. Dan Crews will present "World War I and the Mexican Revolution," which will detail American political and military policies towards Mexico in the first two decades of the twentieth century.

Dr. Crews describes his talk:

Historians often use labels to identify periods of time that they consider to have an underlying theme that permeates all aspects of life.  One such label is the Age of Imperialism, 1870-1918.  During this era practically the entire world was divided among the European Powers, the United States, and Japan into formal colonies or informal protectorates and recognized spheres of influence.  Massive foreign investment in Mexico fueled dramatic economic growth that exacerbated social inequality and led to the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1920.  The most deadly period of that revolution occurred during World War I as the Great Powers shifted their support from one faction to another.  President Woodrow Wilson's policies to 'guide' the Mexican Revolution and turn Mexico into a quasi-protectorate failed repeatedly as Mexican leaders balanced U.S. influence with that of Great Britain and Imperial Germany.  This lecture will explain how, in the midst of revolutionary chaos, Mexico retained its complete sovereignty from a neighbor that was indisputably the greatest power on Earth at the end of the Age of  Imperialism.

We hope to see you on September 9 for another installment of the Great War History Lecture Series at UCM!

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Bristol Fighters

The Western Daily Press has published a story highlighting the British F.2 or Bristol Fighter and the aircraft's role in World War I.  During the spring and summer of 1917, the Bristol Fighter was one of the newer, more agile aircraft designed by the Allies that allowed them to fight more aggressively (and successfully) the German Albatross and turn the tide of the war in the air.  You can read the story of the "Brisfit" here:

Photo credit: Wikimedia and The Shuttleworth Trust

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Trench Cake

Would you like a taste of life in the trenches of World War I?  No, you don't have to squat in mud, deal with vermin, or avoid gas shells and snipers.  In this case I mean a taste literally: The Telegraph recently published the recipe for World War I Trench Cake.

Trench Cakes were one of the items English families on the home front could make and send to their loved ones fighting on the continent.  The British government encouraged mothers and sisters to make these for their fathers, sons, and brothers instead of some more traditional sweets because they could be made from food items that were not part of the list of rationed or restricted items (like eggs and butter).  The full recipe is included at the link below.  Give it a try!

Photo credit: The Telegraph and the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Music Tribute at the Kauffman Center August 17

On Sunday August 17 at 4:00 pm you can visit the spectacular Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center in Kansas City and hear a musical program focused on the Great War.  Developed in partnership with the National World War I Museum, this performance will feature patriotic and period music, readings from "doughboy" letters written to loved ones, and the opportunity to hear organist Jan Kraybill play the Casavant Organ.  If you have never been to a performance at the Kauffman Center, this is an excellent opportunity to see a world-class musical performance and facility.  Additional information and tickets can be found at the link below.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Great War in Modern Images

The Atlantic recently published a collection of modern images of World War I--it contains photographs from a range of locations and topics, from some of the last surviving veterans to modern day views of the battlefields and the recovery of artifacts.   

Warning: there are a few images of human remains amid the archaeological excavations included in the collection, so if you do not want to see skeletons then you may want to skip checking out this news article.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Missouri Over There

Another excellent resource organized by the Missouri State Library is the new blog Missouri Over There: Exploring Missouri's Role in WWI.  This blog is part of a larger project to digitize materials related to World War I and it features individuals, units, and stories with Missouri connections.  The blog is searchable and provides an excellent resource for students and teachers to find local connections to the Great War.