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The Grim Centennial of Stalemate

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11/15/2014

A surprising range of news and opinion outlets have memorialized a string of anniversaries related to the Great War over the last few months: the assassination of the Archduke, the July Crisis, the start of the war, etc. Newspapers, magazines, the blog world, the top ten list sites, and Youtube channels have all feature anniversary observations.

We have now arrived at another grim centennial, but one which may not be as obvious as the murders in Sarajevo. At this moment a hundred years ago, one of the less distinct but nonetheless crucially important “events” of the First World War took shape: the end of the “war of movement” and the formation of stalemate on the Western Front.

[To read more, see the whole post at my blog on World War I]

Hunt Tooley teaches History at Austin College. He is the author of The Great War: Western Front and Home Front. 

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