Websites | History Books | Select Novels | Poetry | Video/Moving Images | Explore the Area


Of course, the information about World War I is vast. We offer here a few suggestions of good starting places for those who would like to learn more about the war.

To Read And Watch



The African American Odyssey: World War I and Postwar Society

Library of Congress


The Book of War Poems



National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.


Dada, Surrealism, and Their Legacies in the Israel Museum: the Vera and Arturo Schwartz Collection of Dada and Surrealist Art

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem


Experience from the Great War

Special Collections, Pickler Memorial Library, Truman State University


First World War: a multimedia history of World War I


First World War Poetry Digital Archive

Oxford University


International Dada Archive, University of Iowa libraries, Iowa City


Missouri Over There (Missouri and the Great War)


MoMA Learning: Dada

The Museum of Modern Art, NewYork


National World War I Museum and Memorial, Kansas City, MO


No Man's Land: Kirksville, Missouri, and the Great War:


History Books


Ball, Hugo. Flight Out of Time: A Dada Diary. (1910-21) Ed. John Elderfield. New York: Viking Press, 1974.


Dickerman, Leah et. al. Dada: Zurich, Berlin, Hannover, Cologne, New York, Paris. Washington D.C.: National Gallery of Art with DAP.


Hopkins, David. Dada and Surrealism: A very short introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.


Huelsenbeck, Richard. Dada Almanach. (1920) New York: Something Else Press, 1966.


Kuenzli, Rudolf, ed. Dada. New York: Phaidon, 2015.


Larson, Erik. Dead Wake: the Last Crossing of the Lusitania. 2015.


Strachan, Hew. The First World War. New York: Penguin.


White, Michael. Generation Dada: the Berlin Avant Garde and the First World War. YUP, 2013


Women in Dada: essays on sex, gender, and identity. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1998.


Select Novels


Barker, Pat. The Regeneration Trilogy (3 books): Regeneration (1991); The Eye in the Door (1993); The Ghost Road (1995). The film Behind the Lines, listed below, is based on this trilogy.


Hemingway, Ernest. A Farewell To Arms. 1929.


Remarque, Erich Maria. All Quiet on the Western Front (Im Western nichts Neues), 1929.




Brittain, Vera Mary

Epitaph on My Days in Hospital (1918)


The Book of War Poems


The First World War Poetry Digital Archive (The Great War Archive)

Oxford University


McCrae, John. In Flanders Fields and other poems. 1919.


Owen, Wilfred. Collected Poems. 1965

Anthem for Doomed Youth (1917)

Disabled (published 1917)

Dulce et Decorum Est (published 1920)


The Poetry Foundation: The Poetry of World War I

Sassoon, Siegfried.

The Poet as Hero (1916)

Counter Attack (1917)


Wilcox, Ella Wheeler.

War Mothers (1918)


Video/Moving Images




The First World War (2004)


People's Century: The Killing Fields (2006)


Zygosis: John Heartfield and the Political Image


Dada artists were also often filmmakers; Some lower-quality versions are available on YouTube (please be aware that the sound associated with the films may not be original to the film).


Feature Films and Television (non-documentaries)


Oh What a Lovely War (1969, directed by Richard Attenborough)


Joyeux Noel (2005, directed by Christian Carion)


Behind the Lines (1997, directed by Gillies MacKinnon)


Grand Illusion (La Grande Illusion, 1938, directed by Jean Renior)


War Horse. (2011, directed by Stephen Spielberg)


Downton Abbey (8 seasons, 2010-2015:


Explore In The Area

There are lots of great places within a three-hour radius of Kirksville to explore and learn more about about The Great War.


In Kirksville


Attend one of the special events related to the exhibitions.


Visit one of the cemeteries in Adair County that hold graves of county residents who gave their lives in the war. Included among those is Forest-Liewellyn Cemetery where you can visit the grave of Hubert B. Starks, Kirksville soldier whose letters are feature both in the Arts Against the Great War exhibition and in one of the related concerts.


Schedule an appointment with Special collections to see some more World War I letters in person. Contact Special Collections:; (660) 785-4537, or


Visit the Reiger Armory,  named for Kirksville lawyer and soldier Col. James E. Reiger. Reiger won the American Distinguished Service Cross and the French Croix de Guerre for his service during the war in the Meuse-Argonne offensive. (the Armory was designed by prominent Kirksville architect Irwin Dunbar and built by the Works Progress Administration, part of the New Deal).


Further Afield


Visit the Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site in Laclede, MO


Visit the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO


Schedule an appointment to visit the International Dada Archive at the University of Iowa libraries in Iowa City


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