Tag Archives: Niall Ferguson

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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German commemoration of the Great War

How should Germany commemorate the Great War? Having just had a spasm of high-profile events, the British are asking, “are we the only ones.” There is also an attitude of “why can’t they be like us” that Americans are frequently … 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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The Meaning of the Great War

When I taught the Great War last, I spent quite a bit of time (3 weeks) discussing its origins and the descent into war subsequent to the assassination in Sarajevo. My treatment of the Meaning of the War was lacking. … Continue reading

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Tom Holland recapitulates TwitterStorm caused by an interview of Niall Ferguson in the Guardian

Should Britain have stayed out of WW1? Niall Ferguson up to his old counter-factual tricks… http://t.co/AkzdBKXqX2 — Tom Holland (@holland_tom) January 30, 2014

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