Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Month: March 2016

Kansas and the Eastern Front



The 2015/16 KU WWI Lecture Series, Everyday Lives on the Eastern Front, concluded yesterday evening with a lecture by West Virginia University Eberly Professor of Modern European History, Robert Blobaum.

In his talk, Professor Blobaum contextualized Warsaw’s First World War experience by comparing it to the more widely understood and researched experience of Warsaw’s citizens during the Second World War. In the analysis of statistical data found in food rationing, caloric intake, the weight measurements of youth, infant mortality rates, migration, and other like metrics, there is an argument to be made that the WWI experience had as much of an impact – and in some instances, a more severe impact – on the overall public health of Warsaw’s citizens than WWII. more

Memorials to the Missing

Remembering the Missing


The historians who produced the classic BBC/PBS series The Great War (1996) estimated that the total number of personnel reported ‘Missing’ by all combatant forces in WW1 was about 7.75 million, or 35.1% of total casualties. In after-action reports the casualties were usually estimated and, as the war progressed, these estimates became less accurate. In fact the only two combatant forces that kept consistently good records at all were the British Empire and the Americans. more

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