WW1 Centenary

These resources on World War I are the result of a University of Oxford project that ran from 2012-2019. The essays presented here are as they were written at the time. Please check published date at bottom of each PDF.


To access the full collection of essays (now all available as PDFs) and some of the other learning resources please point go to WW1 Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings part of the University of Oxford's Research Repository (https://portal.sds.ox.ac.uk/WW1_Centenary).

World War I Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings aimed to build a substantial collection of learning resources available for global reuse. A rich variety of materials, including expert articles, audio and video lectures, downloadable images, interactive maps and ebooks were made available under a set of cross-disciplinary themes that sought to reappraise the War in its cultural, social, geographical and historical contexts. Many of these resources were specially created by the University of Oxford and partner academics for this website. N.B. Some of these resources are now no longer available, however, due to out-of-date technology but we have attempted (2024) to still make available as many as possible.

Online and open to all…
This website is an Open Educational Resource (OER), meaning that everything on here is released under an open content licence. You are free to reuse the site’s resources worldwide whether you are a student, teacher, life-long learner or resource creator.

Curated by experts in the field…
This website was developed by a team of experts in the field of First World War Studies, across a range of higher and heritage institutions, and across a range of disciplines. They provided articles, resources, and academic guidance to the project team in their development of the site. A team of student ambassadors worked to curate existing resources on the World Wide Web and add them to our resource library.

The project was developed as a collaboration between the teams at the University of Oxford responsible for the First World War Poetry Digital Archive and the Great War Archive (funded under the JISC Content and Digitisation Programme), and the Oxford Open Spires, Triton, and Great Writers projects (funded under the HEA/JISC Open Educational Resources Programme Phases 1, 2 and 3). It thus brings together a wealth of experience from pedagological and content perspectives to create a unique and timely open educational resource that brings the people, events and places of World War I back into sharp relief for the benefit of education and research.

This resource was funded by the JISC World War One (WW1) Open Educational Resources (OER) Programme as part of the World War One Commemoration Programme, and was underpinned by the JISC's then ‘Statement of Intent’.

“The WWIC site’s achievement – which is particularly impressive given its small budget – has been to gather together a thought-provoking and inspiring collection of materials and innovatory projects. These have helped me to think in new ways about the power of digital materials – and helped to embed the wider experience of the war in the teaching and research of colleagues who would not consider themselves First World War specialists”

Dan Todman Senior Lecturer in History, Queen Mary, University of London

“I would just like to say many thanks for this incredible resource! I am an A-level student currently undertaking an Extended Qualification Project on ‘shell shock’ and its causes. The articles provided such as this have been very insightful and the ‘further reading’ section as well as the ‘resource library’ have really enriched my research.”

Daniel Underwood A-Level Student

“The site is a wonderful resource, full of exciting material and fresh insights – I shall definitely recommend it to my students.”

Santanu Das Reader in English Literature, Kings College London

“An excellent, ongoing compendium of lively scholarly voices and topics – authoritative and stimulating, never dreary or predictable. When future historians and literary scholars come to look at how the First World War was commemorated approaching its Centenary, this will be a rich resource of views, debate and imaginative insights”

Kate McLoughlinSenior Lecturer in English Literature, Birkbeck College London