First World War: The Story of a Global Conflict
In commemoration of the upcoming centennial of the outbreak of World War One The Guardian newspaper, historians from around the world and the British Academy have created an immersive interactive documentary looking at the First World War available in half a dozen languages. The documentary involves audio and text contributions from ten historians from ten countries.
The interactive documentary gives a brief overview of some of the conflict’s most important aspects as well as covering some of its lesser known facets such as the various ancillary fronts in the far east, Africa and southern Europe. While the overview may be brief with each topic being addressed by a number of audio clips or several hundred words of text it is excellently presented and wholly immersive.
The inclusion of historians from various fields and from around the world gives a broader spread of the historical discourse surrounding the history of the Great War and this in itself is to be commended. The presentation of the documentary is unique with various interactive screens progressing the viewer through the conflict looking at mobilisation through to the wider aftermath of the war. Each screen offers audio clips of both historians but also contemporary readings, songs and instrumental music. Other sections offer contemporary footage as well as other primary sources such as scans of The Guardian’s original coverage of the war as well as rarer seen photographs.
The documentary is roughly 30 minutes in length if you listen to its main stream of audio, but longer if you follow the links offered. It is available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic or Hindi.