When You Can’t Get Enough of the Great War

I read this in the most recent issue of the New Yorker and thought some of you might want to also, as we are now just shy of a week from the anniversary of Armistice.  The article covers history about that event (how was the Armistice forged? what happened in the days before it? what were some of its terms?) and more broadly (why did the Germans feel confused and angry at the Armistice)?  Additionally, it touches on propaganda, attitudes toward the conflict, and the role of African American troops, which is a topic we will be turning to with our next book.  Warning: parts will make you angry:


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Has anyone seen the movie 9?

I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. I don’t think it’s directly related to WWI but I can’t help but see some similarities.

If you haven’t seen it, here’s the first half of the plot summary on IMDb:

In a world destroyed in a war between man and machine, a hand-stitched doll with the number 9 written on its back comes to life. The world he has awakened in is frightening, but he quickly learns that he is not alone and that there are others like him, also with a single digit written on their back.

Mostly, I’ve been thinking about this movie because it deals with the mechanization of war. WWI is so interesting to me because we have such of diversity of weapons at the disposal of either side of the war. There are machine guns and tanks, but at the same time, there are cannons and close-contact weaponry.

This might not have much to do with our class really at all, but if you watch the movie (it’s on Netflix) let me know if you see any other connections! I haven’t seen it in a while but just can’t seem to get it out of my head when we discuss WWI.

A trailer in case you’re interested: