100th Anniversary of the Great War

FranzFerdinandWe’re weeks away from the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, or the Great War, or the War to End All Wars. Most history books refer to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand (at left) on June 28, 1914 as the event that precipitated the war. You could also refer to Austria-Hungary declaring war on Serbia on July 28th, 1914, or the next day when Austrian artillery rained down on Belgrade in what is now Serbia.

There were vast numbers of casualties, around 37 million, which includes 16 million dead and 21 million wounded, according to Princeton The ripple effect of the war is still being felt today, especially in parts of Europe and the Middle East, according to this article from the New York Times .

“Some see a continuing struggle between Germany and Russia for mastery of Europe, a struggle that marked both world wars and continues today, and not just in Ukraine, where a century ago its people fought on both sides. Others see World War I, at least as it began in Sarajevo, as the third Balkan War, while the post-Cold War collapse of Yugoslavia and its multinational, multicultural, multireligious model continues to present unresolved difficulties for Europe, in Bosnia, Kosovo and beyond. Similar tensions persist in Northern Ireland, the rump of Ireland’s incomplete revolution that began with the Easter Rising of 1916.”

What really caused the war? It’s too long and complex for a blog posting, so check out this essay from First World War.com or check out historian David Fromkin’s book Europe’s Last Summer: Who Started the Great War in 1914?

Rentschler Library’s book collection has been weeded and updated to offer some great reads on this important event. You can generally find WWI books in the D507 – D625 section. We have overviews like Peter Englund ‘s The Beauty and the Sorrow, along with books about specific battles like Verdun, the Somme and Gallipoli. To read about the United States’s eventual entry to the war, look at historian Justus Doenecke’s Nothing Less than War. If you have narrower interests, like battlefield medicine during the war look at Wounded: a New History of the Western Front in World War I. African American participation in the war is covered in Torchbearers of Democracy by Chad Williams. We will be adding more titles in the years to come, as it has been a popular topic for research and recreational reading.

On the web, check out the  First World War Centenary  It has a nice collection of information about the war and celebrations going on over the next four years.

The History Channel has an extensive list of resources including videos, biographies and information on battles.

Apply Now! Interviews will be starting soon

Hey Students! Looking for a job on campus? The library is hiring for 2 open student aide positions to start this Fall. For more details about the position and to apply, visit the job posting on the Miami Student Jobs site:

https://www.miamistudentjobs.com/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=147762

If you have further questions, feel free to stop in the library and ask one of the library staff.

The library and campus will be closed Friday, July 4th for Independence Day. Normal summer library hours will resume on Monday, July 7th.

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We’re Hiring!!!

Hey Students! Looking for a job on campus? The library is hiring for 2 open student aide positions to start this Fall. For more details about the position and to apply, visit the job posting on the Miami Student Jobs site:

https://www.miamistudentjobs.com/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=147762

If you have further questions, feel free to stop in the library and ask one of the library staff.

Futbol Madness

PeleWorld Cup madness is everywhere and not just in Brazil where the big matches are happening. You’re probably seeing it all over your social media accounts, in banner advertisements on the Internet, in the news etc.

While Americans aren’t quite into soccer, football, or futbol, is still the world’s most popular sport. At the turn of the 21st century, 250 million people played it, according to the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and 26 billion – yes, BILLION – people watched the 2010 World Cup.

So who better than Brazilian soccer god Pelé to tell us why soccer is so darn popular. His boo, Why Soccer Matters – is available at Rentschler Library –  (see more from the library catalog )  or get more info from Amazon.com.

Here are some links of interest for all things World Cup:

Official website of FIFA World Cup

BBC (British Broadcasting Company) World Cup coverage 

ESPN’s World Cup coverage

Summer Hours

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt may be quiet around campus but the library is open for anyone needing to catch up on some email, web surfing, or getting some summer reading items.

Monday through Thursday – 8AM to 7PM
Friday – 8AM – 4:30PM
Saturday & Sunday – Closed

Check our hours page for other summer hours.
http://www.ham.miamioh.edu/library/hours

Maya Angelou, 1928 – 2014

MayaDr. Maya Angelou, author, poet and defender of black culture, died May 28, 2014 at the age of 86, according to a statement issued by Wake Forest University, where she taught American Studies beginning in 1982. Critic Lyman B. Hagen said “has been duly recognized as being one of the most successful serial writers of black autobiography. In her five autobiographies (and also in her poetry), she dramatizes both the pleasure and the plight of a young black female in America’s socially segregated society.” * Her poems are a popular choice for students to read at the Favorite Poem Project readings every April. Here are just a few of the titles available in Rentschler Library:

The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou, New York: Modern Library, 2o04

Phenomenal woman : four poems celebrating women, New York: Random House, 1994.

Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou, New York: Random House, 1994.

*(Hagen, Lyman B. “Maya Angelou: Overview.” Twentieth-Century Young Adult Writers. Ed. Laura Standley Berger. Detroit: St. James Press, 1994.)