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Nov 17, 2014

What caused the Great War? How about dumb luck?

Mel Watkins
To argue that the First World War was "inevitable," a pre-determined result of some conjuncture of historical forces, is wrong from the very moment of the improbable event that triggered it all.
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Nov 14, 2014

Ils se souviennent: France and the Great War

Rod Mickleburgh
As much as we rightly mourned the murders of two young Canadian soldiers last month, this past Remembrance Day inevitably lost some of its focus on the carnage that started it all.
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Oct 24, 2014

Thomas Piketty and the Great War

Mel Watkins
What can the author of 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century' tell us about the First World War and wealth inequality?
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Sep 29, 2014

Francis Pegahmagabow: Marksman of the First World War

Mel Watkins
The most prolific sniper of the First World War was Francis "Peggy" Pegahmagabow, an Ojibwa from the Wasauksing First Nation. His name is often forgotten in histories of the period.
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Sep 16, 2014
Image: Wikimedia Commons

Harold Innis goes to war

Mel Watkins
The famous Canadian historian was deeply touched by the First World War and it affected his career and philosophy for the rest of his life.
Photos
Sep 1, 2014

Why did workers kill each other in WWI?

Mel Watkins
Marx and Engels famously wrote: "Workers of the world unite. You have nothing to lose but your chains." They should have added: "And if you don't pull together, a lot of you will die in bloody wars."
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Aug 26, 2014
James Keir Hardie, socialist and founder of the British Labour party

Why did workers kill each other in the First World War?

Mel Watkins
Marx and Engels famously wrote: "Workers of the world unite. You have nothing to lose but your chains." They should have added: "And if you don't pull together, a lot of you will die in bloody wars."
Photos
Jul 28, 2014

How 'great' was The Great War?

Mel Watkins
The First World War was certainly a great catastrophe with great suffering. But did it really deserve its pre-Second World War moniker?
Podcast
Nov 25, 2013

An evening with Joe Sacco

Redeye
Cartoonist Joe Sacco was in Vancouver recently to talk about his groundbreaking work in comics journalism. We recorded him in conversation with Charlie Smith and Chris Brayshaw.
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