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The World in 1917: War, Peace, and Revolution

22nd October 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

David Stevenson

Professor David Stevenson, of the London School of Economics, will provide a military and political context to the events depicted in Pat Barker’s Regeneration, and to Siegfried Sassoon’s declaration that the First World War was ’being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it’. It will investigate what kept the conflict going, more than three years after its outbreak, despite growing socialist and pacifist opposition and despite the new developments represented by American intervention and by revolution in Russia. It will examine in particular the obstacles to restoring peace by negotiation and the reasons why the British and Allied governments remained committed to a strategy of taking the offensive on the Western Front.

1914-1918 The history of the first world war book jacketDavid Stevenson has published several books on the origins and course of the First World War, including 1914-1918: The History of the First World War, described by The Independent as ‘Momentous… this history of the conflict surpasses all others’. He is currently completing a history of the year 1917.

£8 (£7 with a York Card)

Tickets can be booked in person at any Explore York Library.



22nd October 2016
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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