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New Project on Old Books: Some Challenges

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800px-Millais_RuskinIn a major piece of research facilitation, IES Associate Fellow Dr Karen Attar is editing the third edition of the Directory of Rare Book and Special Collections in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland for CILIP’s Rare Books and Special Collections Group. In this second post (the first can be found here) Dr Attar discusses the elusiveness of finding the right organisations to bring the Directory up to date. Continue reading →

Belgian pledge: Britain’s ‘moral’ trigger for entering the Great War

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WilliamPhilpotteditedThe events of July and August 1914 unfolded in a certain way, but underlying security interests and political attitudes determined the decisions Britain would make.

By Professor William Philpott

Already aligned with one of the alliances that would go to war in 1914, Britain was obliged to take a diplomatic stance during the July crisis. However, while urging a diplomatic settlement to the crisis, British security interests could not be ignored. Continue reading →

The day Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia (28 July 1914)

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By Dejan Djokić

The Austro-Hungarian government's declaration of war in a telegram sent to the government of Serbia on 28 July 1914, signed by Imperial Foreign Minister Count Leopold Berchtold (wikipedia)

The Austro-Hungarian government’s declaration of war in a telegram sent to the government of Serbia on 28 July 1914, signed by Imperial Foreign Minister Count Leopold Berchtold (wikipedia)

Squeezed between the centenaries of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Duchess Sophie in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914  – which inspired a recent media frenzy, numerous academic conferences and even political events – and the Great Powers’ entry into the war in early August, almost forgotten is the date on which the First World War actually broke out: 28 July 1914, when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. Continue reading →

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