'British 39th Siege Battery RGA Somme, 1916', courtesy of the United Kingdom Government

'The First World War was far from futile'

Posted on centenarynews.com on 18 June 2013
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Date of publication: 17/06/2013

In an article published in The Guardian, Professor Gary Sheffield questions the British Culture Secretary's stance of "set[ting] out the facts" for the Centenary of the First World War.

"In announcing details of the official programme of commemorations for the centenary of the first world war, Maria Miller, the culture secretary, was careful to say the government would simply "set out the facts" about the origins of the conflict without any interpretation".

"I am not the only historian to be uneasy about this. The government, through its silence, is tacitly endorsing the popular view of the war as a futile one, a belief that is sharply at odds with most modern scholarship, and with how it was perceived at the time".

To read the full article, visit The Guardian website here.

Posted by: Daniel Barry, Centenary News

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