Britain still at war over legacy of World War I.
LONDON -- Around the world, the 2014 centenary of the start of World War I is an occasion for commemoration.
Yet in Britain, where the trenches of Flanders remain an ideological battlefield, it has also sparked an argument -- about patriotism, historical responsibility and the place of humor in teaching history.
Only in Britain, perhaps, would the spat pit the Conservative-led government's education minister against a comic actor -- Tony Robinson, who played the dim-witted soldier Baldrick in ''Blackadder Goes Forth,'' a much-loved television sitcom about the war.
In an article for the right-of-center Daily Mail newspaper, Education Secretary Michael Gove said ''Blackadder'' and other satires had created a public impression of the four-year war -- in which more than 8 million troops and millions of civilians died -- as ''a misbegotten shambles -- a series of catastrophic mistakes perpetrated by an out-of-touch elite.''