Writing About World War II in the 21st Century
World War II has never really ended, at least for the historians who are still writing about it. But writing about the War is getting harder with the passing of the WWII generation. All is not lost, though. Our 21st century ability to communicate and to find information makes it easier to write about the War, and the World War II generation lives on through memoirs, letters, and diaries, which later generations can help preserve for historians.
Studying the history of World War II is important; it is part of who we are, and it shows us what we’re made of in the most difficult of times. And there are still plenty of stories to write about.
It is still possible to write about WWII, even in the 21st Century, and it’s worth doing.
Born in Dallas, Art Nicholson has been interested in naval history since his childhood. His first book was Hostages to Fortune: Winston Churchill and the Loss of the Prince of Wales and Repulse (2005), his second was Very Special Ships: Abdiel Class Fast Minelayers in World War II (2015), and he is working on a third. Art graduated from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the University of Texas School of Law in Austin. He now lives in San Antonio, where he practices labor law. Art and his wife Sandy have two children, James and Audrey.