Between 1914 and 1918 military competition between opposing alliances of nation states erupted into an industrialised war that killed 15 million people. In 2012 Prime Minister David Cameron announced major plans to fund 4 years of centennial events in 'A commemoration that captures our national spirit... that, like the Diamond Jubilee celebrations this year, says something about who are as a people.'
Although the outbreak of the war was popular with many, it was also opposed by numerous socialists, Christians, women, and others across the continent. This event recovers that opposition and argues that we should use the centenary of the First World War to remember the dead, learn the lessons, and promote international solidarity and peace.
Clive Barrett is a Church of England priest, visiting fellow in Peace Studies, University of Bradford, and Chair of the Peace Museum, Bradford. He is a historian of the peace movement, including grass-roots Christian and political opposition to the First World War.
Neil Faulkner is an archaeologist of the First World War, a research fellow at Bristol University, and author of A Marxist History of the World: from Neanderthals to Neoliberals and the recent pamphlet No Glory: the real history of the First World War.
Chair: Dr Claudia Baldoli, School of History/Classics/Archaeology, Newcastle Welcome: Rev Andii Bowsher, Martin Luther King Committee, Northumbria.
Organised by The Northumbria and Newcastle Universities Martin Luther King Peace Committee and Newcastle Stop the War Coalition.
Dr Nick Megoran
Lecturer in Political Geography
Co-convenor, Northumbria and Newcastle Universities Martin Luther King Peace Committee
Honorary Chaplain to Newcastle University
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