Discussion: First World War, origins and warnings for the 21st Century with James Woudhuysen
- Mon 16 Jun 2014
- 6:45 pm
The origins of the First World War are variously attributed to the collapse of the Habsburg Empire, the complex system of international alliances that developed before 1914, the way in which Germany’s Schlieffen Plan depended on its army sticking to strict railway timetables, or the unreadiness of old dynasties to move with the times.
In fact, James will argue, it was the very 2014 phenomenon of Foreign Direct Investment that, before 1914, bound all the eventual participants in the conflict into a system of long-run, spiralling tensions. Today’s commentators on the First World War often miss this concept and a number of other forces that mediated and accelerated the catastrophe. To book, and find out more visit the Manchester Salon’s website.