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4 Places to Discover World War I History

This year, Veterans Day is particularly poignant as we commemorate the 100th Anniversary of World War I.  While many of us recognize the startling images of World War II, the Great War from 1914-1918 remains a little more distant.  To gain some new understanding on this centenary, here are four of the best destinations for discovering World War I history.

World War I, High Wood cemetery, France

A poppy among the British and French graves from the Battle of the Somme at the High Wood Cemetery, France (Photo)

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Habsburg Anscestors

The last of the Habsburg dynasty, Otto von Habsburg died this week and was buried in an elaborate state funeral.  In this age of “William and Kate” royals, it is interesting to think that these people once ruled as heads of state and for Otto at least, he was raised thinking he absolutely could.  More than any other line, I am fascinated by Austria’s Habsburgs.  It does not hurt that I have been to Vienna which is wholly their capitol.  Depending on what you count as the empire, the Habsburgs ruled for 600-800 years.  In that time there were a lot of very fascinating monarchs; here are just a few of my favorite Habsburgs.

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