politics and contemporary history

World War I

Exhibition and Film Series
Friday, 15 August 2014 – Friday, 12 September 2014
Washington
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World War I US Military Artists Andre Smith (c) US Center for Military History, Ft. Belvoir, VA
World War I US Military Artists Andre Smith (c) US Center for Military History, Ft. Belvoir, VA

World War I dramatically changed the course of the 20th and 21st centuries. The magnitude of material destruction and the staggering loss of lives, combined with the use of censorship, propaganda, and new technologies of war, has had repercussions lasting to this day. The Great War has profoundly affected our culture and our politics.

Without it and without the controversial treaty that followed, industrialized killing, shell shock, mass-produced prostheses, a contentiously redrawn Europe, fascism and Nazism, an even more terrible world war, and the United States’ rise as a global power would be difficult to imagine. The Great War truly was “the cataclysmic event of the 20th century.” Despite the war’s distance from the present, the 1914-1918 bloodbath and the revolutions it spawned continue to haunt today’s 21st-century world.

Schedule:

Exhibition
August 15 – September 12, 2014
Postcards from the Trenches: German and American Soldiers Visualize the Great War
Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 708 8th St. NW

Film Series
August 18 – September 8, 2014
Film Captures the Great War
Goethe-Institut Washington, GoetheForum

Related links

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of Memory: A fact - Many perspectives

Foto: Regine Dura

100 Years First World War: anniversary issue of Fikrun wa Fann

Otto Dix, Selbstporträt als Mars, 1915, Öl auf Leinwand ©Städtische Sammlungen Freital