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WWI interchange now open to the public


A trench during the Battle of the Somme. Image from Wikimedia commons.

The Journal of American History’s September 2015 interchange on World War I is now freely available to the public as an Editor’s Choice article. The interchange’s introduction notes:

April 2017 will mark the one hundredth anniversary of American entrance into World War I. The centennial is an apt moment to reconsider how this global conflict affected the history of the United States and how American participation in the war impacted the world. In October 2014, nine leading historians of World War I engaged in an online discussion of the American wartime experience and its legacies down to the present day. Participants attempted to synthesize the academic literature on the war and point to promising new areas of inquiry. They also examined the perplexing question of why World War I continues to occupy a more prominent place in the scholarly rather than popular imagination—and discussed the ways academic historians can cultivate a broad- er public appreciation for the war’s lasting effect on American society. What follows is an edited version of the dynamic conversation that resulted.

The interchange features historians Chris CapozzolaAndrew HuebnerJulia IrwinJennifer D. KeeneRoss KennedyMichael NeibergStephen R. OrtizChad Williams, and Jay Winter. Check it out here.