'Economic Causes of the First World War'

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Jun 14 2014 22:55
'Economic Causes of the First World War'

Date: Tuesday, 17 June 2014 - 8:00pm

Venue: Chiswick Town Hall, Heathfield Terrace, London W4 4JN

Directions: About seven minutes walk south from Chiswick Park tube on the District line

Apologists for capitalism and the First World War blame the innate aggressiveness of human nature; the acts of 'wicked' men such as the Kaiser; economic causes other than capitalist ones; the strength of nationalist or religious feeling; and the conflicts of ideologies. The Socialist contention is that the root of modern war is in capitalism, war is not an accidental interruption of the peaceful operations of capitalism but is inherent in the structure of the system itself. Before 1914 the capitalists of Europe quarrelled over the questions of the control of trade routes, the world's markets, and raw material sources. The First World War did not start overnight through an assassin's bullets in Sarajevo but was the outcome of years of conflicting capitalist interests.

A talk by Steve Clayton

Free admission

http://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/event/economic-causes-first-world-war...