I wasn't intending to revisit the Great War controversies again, but I thought I'd draw your attention to more good stuff on the BBC website. Catch it whilst it's there.
Firstly there's a piece with 10 views on who was at fault for the war: Who was at fault? 10 interpretations
This has already created some controversy amongst people I know. It is has been suggested that it is a very British view. Well, it is on the British Broadcasting Corporation's website, but even so....actually, there are a couple of German historians in the group, one Irish and one American. Universities in the UK, Germany and Turkey are all represented. Quite a good cross section really. Shame it includes Max Hastings.
There's some good debate in there. A couple of them go for "it was everyone's fault" (German & Irish), one blames Serbia (British), the rest fix it on Germany or Austria-Hungary in various combinations.
How much people were influenced by national sentiment you'll have to judge for yourself. To my mind blaming Serbia is a cop-out. Such a small state could only be responsible for conflict in a small area. It was the Great Power backers of both sides who turned it into a European wide war.
Next up is Gary Sheffield's piece in the i-Wonder series. Misjudging the Generals? This looks at British military leadership and Haig in particular.
There are no surprises here, but it is a thoughtful piece for those not familiar with the debate.Probably not even handed enough for "proper" historians who don't think much of military historians, but Sheffield has done the research and most of those who disagree with him haven't.
The last piece is by Joan Bakewell, again the in i-Wonder series: Oh What a Lovely War? which looks at how modern views of the war have been formed, particularly starting in the 1960s.
This is an decent analysis of how we are where we are, and compliments the one by Ian MacMillan on the war poets. I enjoyed it.
I think the BBC is doing us proud on this.