Tag Archives: Debate

Studying reasons for First World War leads to “permanent state of confusion” Sir Max Hastings claims

Dear students, if the historical debate that we study in the first three modules of the course is driving you crazy (“How will I ever sort it out? How will I keep authors and ideas straight?”) you are in good … Continue reading

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Sleepwalking Diplomats? A discussion sponsored by the German Foreign Ministry

1.Weltkrieg: #Steinmeier eröffnet heute 19:30h Diskussion mit Historikern #Clark +#Krumeich @DHMBerlin http://t.co/JFJomw9ylL @DeutscheWelle — Auswärtiges Amt (@AuswaertigesAmt) March 14, 2014

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Like a broken clock, A. J. P. Taylor is right twice a day …

I am not a big Taylor fan. I find his Origins of the Second World War to be a terribly pernicious book. I have spent a quarter century dealing with students who have picked up a certain Zeitgeist and think … Continue reading

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Concerning “Sleepwalkers”

I currently have a number of posts in this blog’s “green room” – generally pieces of a historiographical nature that I want to mull over and make sure to get right. Several of these posts concern Christopher Clark’s Sleepwalkers and … Continue reading

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Herfried Münkler, Gerd Krumeich, and Sönke Neitzel debate the causes of the Great War

This is fun: #history German debate. Political scientist Herfried Münkler+historians Gerd Krumeich & Sönke Neitzel. Causes of #WW1 http://t.co/bkhOPrlGte — Rob Schäfer (@GERArmyResearch) March 11, 2014 I’ll have more on this debate tomorrow after I’ve had a chance to rest … Continue reading

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The “War Guilt Question” in France

One of the difficult questions being raised in the centenary commemoration regards national and individual culpability for starting the Great War. Both the British and the Germans are much taken with it at this point. The BBC has run shows … Continue reading

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John C. G. Röhl in the Süddeutsche Zeitung

John C. G. Röhl recounts the ongoing debate in Britain on the origins of the Great War and offers his own take in an article, “Wie Deutschland 1914 den Krieg plante,” in the March 5 edition of the Süddeutsche Zeitung. One … Continue reading

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“37 Days”

This looks amazing. I have inserted a screen shot from the BBC website. 37 Days is a drama/reenactment of the period between the assassination in Sarajevo and the British declaration of war. Unfortunately, I am not able to open any … Continue reading

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On Niall Ferguson

A 9PM GMT, the BBC aired The Pity of War with Niall Ferguson. The page for the show is here.  At this posting, the full hour thirty minute show is not available, nor the series of video clips. After the … Continue reading

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BBC newsletter

Was Britain right to fight in World War One? In August 1914 Britain declared war on Germany. In the four years that followed, millions died, in scenes of destruction the like of which the world had never seen before. Some, … Continue reading

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The Great War Debate

In the Telegraph, Keith Lowe (Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II) reviews BBc2 programs by Max Hastings and Niall Ferguson, arguing that Hastings “came out victorious.” Lowe sets the stage well: “Here’s the scenario. You are a … Continue reading

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British Library debate on the First World War, 2/24/2014

On February 24, the British Library kicked off the centenary of the beginning of the Great War by sponsoring a debate. Participating were Gary Sheffield, Annika Mombauer, Dan Todman, and Neil Faulkner . "The First World War: The Debate" video now … Continue reading

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“Taking Sides on the Great War,” Stephen Cooper

In History Today Volume: 64 Issue: 3 2014, Stephen Cooper has published an article that limns out various interpretations of the Great War. Although it makes for a long post, I have copied it here in case the link goes dead before … Continue reading

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