Experts head to Southampton to debate cause of First World War

Experts head to Southampton to debate cause of First World War

Experts head to Southampton to debate cause of First World War

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LEADING experts from across Europe will descend on Southampton today to debate what “sparked” the outbreak of the First World War 100 years ago.

The University of Southampton is playing host to some of the foremost experts on the origins of the war a century ago in what will be one of the most comprehensive discussions on the issue.

Mark Cornwall, Professor of Modern European History at Southampton, has organised the international conference Sarajevo 1914: Spark and Impact with the aim of coming up with “radical new perspectives”. The three-day debate, which brings together two dozen historians, will study how the murders of the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife had a destabilising effect on the Habsburg Empire and Europe as a whole.

Professor Cornwall, himself Britain’s leading authority on Austria-Hungary during the First World War, said: “Our conference will contrast with most other British events marking the 1914 anniversary because it specifically examines the causes and results of the key event we all know about – the murders in Sarajevo in June 1914. This is a unique opportunity to hear historians discussing a subject which is crucial to understanding why the First World War erupted.

“Some aspects have been closely studied by historians over the past century but many are completely unresearched and we aim to open up radical new perspectives.”

The conference runs until Saturday.

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11:08am Thu 26 Jun 14

Torchie1 says...

Two dozen historians, some with ancient axes to grind will be given an opportunity to air their personal opinions in what could prove to be an interesting if not entertaining three day event.
Two dozen historians, some with ancient axes to grind will be given an opportunity to air their personal opinions in what could prove to be an interesting if not entertaining three day event. Torchie1
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11:43am Thu 26 Jun 14

southy says...

WWI was all ready started by the time of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand death, that act was just final one before it became open season for a shot out. War was wanted on all sides a few years before hand, not by the ordinaray people but your Ruling Elite murders was going on all round Europe to make sure that no one stood in the way of a major war. Like the bombing in a cafe in France of Socialist Union Leader where a meeting was due to take place of Unions leaders and Socialist from all over Europe, if this meeting had gone ahead then WWI may off never of happen as it would of been the workers around Europe that would of said no to war.
WWI was all ready started by the time of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand death, that act was just final one before it became open season for a shot out. War was wanted on all sides a few years before hand, not by the ordinaray people but your Ruling Elite murders was going on all round Europe to make sure that no one stood in the way of a major war. Like the bombing in a cafe in France of Socialist Union Leader where a meeting was due to take place of Unions leaders and Socialist from all over Europe, if this meeting had gone ahead then WWI may off never of happen as it would of been the workers around Europe that would of said no to war. southy
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12:09pm Thu 26 Jun 14

contric says...

i think southy you are refering to the assasination of jean jaures by the french nationalist raul villain who wanted the war so france could regain alsace and lorraine
i think southy you are refering to the assasination of jean jaures by the french nationalist raul villain who wanted the war so france could regain alsace and lorraine contric
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1:24pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Torchie1 says...

southy wrote:
WWI was all ready started by the time of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand death, that act was just final one before it became open season for a shot out. War was wanted on all sides a few years before hand, not by the ordinaray people but your Ruling Elite murders was going on all round Europe to make sure that no one stood in the way of a major war. Like the bombing in a cafe in France of Socialist Union Leader where a meeting was due to take place of Unions leaders and Socialist from all over Europe, if this meeting had gone ahead then WWI may off never of happen as it would of been the workers around Europe that would of said no to war.
The first of the entertaining opinions!
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: WWI was all ready started by the time of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand death, that act was just final one before it became open season for a shot out. War was wanted on all sides a few years before hand, not by the ordinaray people but your Ruling Elite murders was going on all round Europe to make sure that no one stood in the way of a major war. Like the bombing in a cafe in France of Socialist Union Leader where a meeting was due to take place of Unions leaders and Socialist from all over Europe, if this meeting had gone ahead then WWI may off never of happen as it would of been the workers around Europe that would of said no to war.[/p][/quote]The first of the entertaining opinions! Torchie1
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4:41pm Thu 26 Jun 14

southy says...

contric wrote:
i think southy you are refering to the assasination of jean jaures by the french nationalist raul villain who wanted the war so france could regain alsace and lorraine
That was only one murder another happen on the Transcontintanal ferry John Sykes was stab and thrown over board 2 others disapear also on that ferry. the cafe where the bombing took place was to be a meeting place, Lenin should of been there at the time of the bombing but the train that he was on was running late, But J.Jaures was the leader of the meeting, the meeting in the end never took place, but the meeting was all about calling on the workering class all over Europe to refuse war and to put down tools and strike.
[quote][p][bold]contric[/bold] wrote: i think southy you are refering to the assasination of jean jaures by the french nationalist raul villain who wanted the war so france could regain alsace and lorraine[/p][/quote]That was only one murder another happen on the Transcontintanal ferry John Sykes was stab and thrown over board 2 others disapear also on that ferry. the cafe where the bombing took place was to be a meeting place, Lenin should of been there at the time of the bombing but the train that he was on was running late, But J.Jaures was the leader of the meeting, the meeting in the end never took place, but the meeting was all about calling on the workering class all over Europe to refuse war and to put down tools and strike. southy
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4:48pm Thu 26 Jun 14

southy says...

Just like any major war you all ways have the pre-shots fired before the main event, like Germany supporting General Franko in the spainish civil was with troops on the ground and air support to wipe out villages of women and children who supported the Soicalist, And now we have had the pre-shots for the next major war in Afhganstan, Iraq, Lybia and Syria
Just like any major war you all ways have the pre-shots fired before the main event, like Germany supporting General Franko in the spainish civil was with troops on the ground and air support to wipe out villages of women and children who supported the Soicalist, And now we have had the pre-shots for the next major war in Afhganstan, Iraq, Lybia and Syria southy
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