No Glory – The Real History Of The First World War
100 people came to the Malcolm X Centre on 26th March to hear historian Neil Faulkner explain how the government wants us to commemorate the centenary of WW1 by ignoring the real history of the war. Rather than a ‘just’ war fought to ‘uphold democracy’ it was a conflict started and conducted by the rich and powerful on all sides to protect their empires. The price in death and destruction was paid by ordinary people. The war ended not because of conclusive victories on the battlefields but because governments were unable to persuade people to continue fighting. Revolutions in Russia and Germany were key events in bringing about the end of the war, along with mutinies and disaffection in all armed forces.
Local documentary film maker Colin Thomas, showed clips of films he had made in the 1970’s, including interviews with conscientious objectors and Harry Patch. Colin also explained some of the stories that have been unearthed about the war in Bristol – showing the wide range of responses to the war at the time
Roger Bull of the Bristol Radical History Group explained the Remembering The Real World War 1 campaign in Bristol and encouraged people to get involved. There was a lively discussion afterwards.
A video of the meeting can be viewed here.
For more information on Remembering The Real World War 1 – Bristol’s campaign to commemorate the real World War 1 – email rememberingrealww1(at)gmail.com or visit our website at http://network23.org/realww1