To mark the centenary of the
Great War and its catastrophic consequences, I began
publishing on line a series of articles about the wars
causes, character and course. Some of this material was
written long ago, when I was a graduate student in history
at the University of Notre Dame. Some is of more recent
date, set down in the years of my retirement as an
intellectual exercise. The academic portions originally
included footnotes and sources; these Ive deleted, though
at some point I plan to provide a bibliographical essay for
the benefit of those who wish to learn more about the
subject. The main series of articles is a chronological
account of the military course of the war, alternating among
the various fronts. These will be supplemented by articles
on specific topics, such as the armies of specific
belligerents, the evolution of weapons and tactic, the
literature of the war, and so forth.
This project is dedicated to my
lifelong friend, Michael F. Felong, M.D., Ph.D., who died
most tragically in 2018, the victim of a traffic accident.
Intellectual curiosity was prominent among Mike's virtues,
and our dialogues on the Great War were of great help to me
in clarifying my views and opinions.