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Collaborative by design, Home Before the Leaves Fall is a multi-institutional project hightlighting materials and resources on the Great War, with articles curated by individual scholars and experts guiding readers through the many threads that weave materials into a narrative tapestry, while social media spotlighting newly digitized content, creative and educational use of materials, and news of other Great War commemorations.

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Letters, Diaries and Autobiographies

Life-writings as related to the Great War are described and an overview of some of the canonical texts is provided.

Works Consulted / Further Reading

Provides a list of all works consulted and lists of recommended additional readings and resources.

Materials

This page links the descriptions and overviews of the primary material types found in World War I repositories, including: lette…

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Blog

August 17th
The First World War wrecked unimaginable havoc upon the creative communities of the combatants. As the war grinds on “Comptes rendus,” or “Accounts Rendered,” will provide sketches of the poets, painters, writers and composers whose lives were consumed. I make no claims for inclusiveness, and if anyone knows of casualties whose names I have overlooked, […]
July 30th
Count Alfred von Schlieffen had a plan for a quick victory if and when Germany had to simultaneously engage the forces of France and Russia in combat. Fighting a war on two fronts would give most sensible planners pause, but as von Schlieffen reckoned the matter, it was all a matter of timing. The vaunted […]
July 14th
It all began with German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. He had two concerns—one, that France might try to reclaim land lost to Germany in the Franco-Prussian War, two that Russia might continue making advances into the Balkans. So, in 1882 he proposed what he considered would be a defensive alliance with the Austro-Hungarian Empire and […]

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