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The Pity of War: Westminster History students appear in BBC Two debate

7 April 2014

Westminster History students participate in controversial World War One debate.

Westminster History students, Jessica Ryan-Gilbank and Charlotte Meldrum, appeared in the audience for Niall Ferguson’s controversial programme ‘The Pity of War’, broadcast on BBC Two on 28 February 2014.

In this innovative programme, Harvard historian Professor Ferguson offered a different perspective on the First World War and argued that Britain's decision to enter the war was a tragic mistake.

Jessica said “the experience of participating in the programme was very interesting and educational. We were able to watch close up as a famous historian explained his views, but were also interviewed ourselves and could take part in the debate. Professor Ferguson’s argument is very controversial, but it was great to see a historical documentary in the making and then to watch the final product on television on Friday. Despite all our close-ups, was great!”


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