Monthly Archives: August 2012

The end of my Walk to Armageddon

So did I find what I came for? Has Walking to Armageddon, the first step of We are making a new world, been a success? Yes, I think it has. Short of spending several years living in the region, experience … Continue reading

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The Great War and honest memory

I’ve lost count of the cemeteries I’ve visited in the last ten days and wouldn’t want to hazard a guess at how many graves that makes After a time Sassoon’s ‘intolerably nameless names’ starts to make sense. It gets easier … Continue reading

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Private museums and the battlefields

It has become clear during this trip that noticeably different attitudes to the war and battlefields prevail in France and Belgium (at least in those parts I’ve visited). In and around Albert and Arras only a few hoteliers and restaurateurs … Continue reading

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A final day exploring the Salient

A long route south of the Salient proper today, taking in the Plugstreet (Ploegsteert), Messines (Messen), and WhiteSheet (Wijtschate) areas. This area felt much more like the Somme. Primarily, I think, because I was out of Ypres’ immediate vicinity, where … Continue reading

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The Menin Road then and Now

Today I walked the Menin Road between the Menin Gate and Hooge, right through Hellfire Corner. That is to say, I walked through the heart of what Sassoon called the world’s worst wound. It is a surprisingly short walk along … Continue reading

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Last Post at the Menin Gate

So last night, I bit the bullet and attended the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate. I put it this way because I had seen relatively recent Youtube videos where the audience clapped at the conclusion. I like to … Continue reading

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Imagination and history

A couple of days ago, I alluded to the role of imagination in historical research, teaching, and learning. I’d like to emphasize that point: imagination is absolutely essential to historical understanding. This might be a surprise to non-practitioners. I wouldn’t … Continue reading

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