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Do World War commemorations help us understand conflict?

Do World War commemorations help us understand conflict?

This week marks the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele. More than three months of fighting over a tiny area of Flanders mud cost at least half a million Allied and German casualties. This third Battles of Ypres has become an international symbol of the futility of war.

Ellis Humphrey Evans – the poet Hedd Wyn from Trawsfynydd – died on the opening day of that campaign and next week’s National Eisteddfod in Anglesey holds a series of reflections on his life and work.

The Senedd in Cardiff Bay is about to host the Weeping Window display, several thousand of the ceramic poppies which attracted huge numbers when they poured out of the Tower of London - and across Wales the first world war is being marked by exhibitions, lectures, debates, religious services and many other events, together with fresh initiatives to enable children to understand both its significance, and the value of working for peace.

In the hundred years since the war, it’s been analysed from virtually ever