Len's Summary: A revisionist historian looks at German looting, arson and executions of Belgian civilians asserting that these were neither figments of Entente propaganda, nor simply results of collective paranoia (fear of franc tireurs), but rather part of a deliberate campaign of terrorism ordered by military authorities. The author is a Princeton Ph.D. Another in a lengthening series of books examining German military government and occupation policies in World War One. // Detailed narrative of the German invasion of Belgium and the violence against civilians that accompanied it. See also German Atrocities, 1914: A History of Denial winner of the Tomlinson Prize for 2002.
The Centennial commemorations are over, but WW1 remains a relevant area of study because of its enormous impact on the 20th and 21st centuries: Many present-day geographic tensions come from the post-war peace and drawing of boundaries. More families than ever are seeking to understand the war’s impact on their ancestors. The war had a profound impact on all facets of society, including post-war re-building. At the time of this writing, the influenza epidemic of 1918-19 is again newsworthy.
In 2020 we are working to increase engagement and communication with the membership. This will include: regular publication of our Journal, World War One Illustrated, and our newsletter, Here and There; a more regular social media presence; and a refreshed website.