Venue: The Socialist Party’s premises, 52 Clapham High Street, London SW4 7UN
Directions: About 4 minutes walk south-east from Clapham North station on the Northern line of the London Underground system and 3 minutes walk from Clapham High Street station on the Circular Overground line.
Ferdinand on 28 June 1914. Was this really the spark that ignited the
conflagration that followed? Did this seemingly trivial terrorist event really
cause the Great War that broke out a month later? Was this war by accident – or
was it war by design? It was certainly war by minority decision.
We shall examine the conditions affecting the decision-makers – both the short
term and accidental as well as the long term and planned – and the larger
historical and political background against which a tiny number of decision-
makers decided the fate of millions.
This war has been called the seminal event of the 20th century and its origins
have been the subject of intense study and deep and sometimes bitter
controversy. We shall ask what lessons are there to be learned, and whether war
is an inevitable condition in human society?
A talk by Gwynn Thomas
Free admission and refreshments