The book I’m reading is 1913: The World Before the Great War, by Charles Emmerson. It follows The World of Yesterday, the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig’s autobiography, which includes his personal accounts of Europe prior to the conflagration. It will be reviewed here shortly. Emmerson looks at the year 1913 in twenty-three cities scattered across the globe, the idea being to describe life in these places before the big changes brought about by the Great War.
The Guardian is putting up fine pieces in conjunction with other European newspapers as the centennial of World War I approaches.
First world war: memories of the last survivors … We talk to some of the few who still recall those momentous events.
First world war: 15 legacies still with us today … The great war may have been destructive, but it also generated so many startling developments – in medicine, warfare, geopolitics and social relations – that its influence still resonates today. Here are 15 lasting legacies of the war.