Remembering the Great War

John Singer Sargent, Gassed, 1919. Oil on canvas. Imperial War Museum, London.

The Great War changed everything. Empires fell, boundaries were redrawn, and far too many lives lost. And it was all prelude to worse yet to come. The World War I era now lives in memory and in research, as historians continue to try to make sense of a war that simply didn’t. The CSU Fullerton History Department held its own commemoration of the end of the Great War recently. As host of Outspoken, the podcast of the Lawrence de Graaf Center for Oral and Public History, I thought it appropriate to listen to some memories and some history. The memories come from deep in the Center’s oral history archives, collected by our archivist Natalie Navar. And I interviewed Jonathan Markley, CSU Fullerton history colleague, scholar of ancient Rome, practitioner of the new field of Big History, and, germane to our topic, family history researcher. Markley has been tracing the activities of his grandfather and grand-uncle, who served as New Zealanders in Europe during World War I. You can hear the podcast here.

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