Friday, October 10, 2014

One Hundred Years of War conference - new speakers announced

          the War Coalition

One Hundred Years of War conference - new speakers announced

WW1 conference25 October 12pm - 5pm
Bishopsgate Institute, London

Speakers include Adam Hochschild author of King To End All Wars and King Leopold's Ghost, Cultural historian Priyamvada Gopal, writer and journalist Seumas Milne, historian Neil Faulkner author of The real history of World War One, Lindsey German author of Women and War and convenor of Stop the War Coalition, Matthew Burnett-Stuart Campaign Against Arms Trade Jeremy Corbyn MP, playwright David Edgar, disability history month organiser Richard Rieser.

What was the war which broke out 100 years ago really about? Was it a fight for democracy or a struggle between the European powers for more land and colonies?

Did so many have to die? What was the resistance to the war, and how did its fortunes change? What is the relevance of this anniversary to current wars our government is involved in?

These are some of the questions to be discussed at this important conference. We have a range of expert and informed speakers who will contribute to a day which will challenge some of the mainstream agenda about the war.

Adam Hochschild, historian and author, has written widely on those who opposed war. He will be joined by Neil Faulkner and Priyamvada Gopal to discuss the real nature of the war and the fight against it.

Other speakers now added to the line up include David Edgar, playwright, and Richard Rieser, organiser of disability history month and Matthew Burnett-Stuart from the Campaign Against Arms Trade. Lindsey German, convenor of the Stop the War Coalition, and Seumas Milne from the Guardian will assess the legacy of 100 years of war and why we are still fighting wars.

The 100th anniversary of the outbreak of war has been used by government and media to project it as a war for democracy. The conference will challenge that view, and the way that the anniversary is used by some to justify current wars.

In the run up to Remembrance Day, this conference is well timed to set a different agenda, one which campaigns for peace and equality, not more war.

Sessions will include a discussion on
  • Dealing in death: how the arms trade spreads chaos
  • Disability and war
  • World War One and the colonised world
  • War and imperialism today.
The conference will take place at the Bishopsgate Institute on Bisghopsgate near Liverpool Street Station.

You can book your ticket here on Eventbrite or by calling the box office on 020 7561 4830. Tickets cost £20 standard, £15 concession.

Full details of the conference can be found on the Stop the War web site and you can also share the event with your Facebook contacts.

Stop the War Coalition | | 020 7561 4830


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