Socialists and the First World War


Agenda d’été 2014

Exposition et meetings en août à Londres au local du Parti socialiste de Grande-Bretagne (SPGB):

A hundred years since the outbreak of the First World War, the one surviving political organisation that opposed the conflict is marking the events of the time. The Socialist Party of Great Britain (SPGB) declared the war to be about access to trade routes and sources of raw materials for the owners of business and not about the interests of the vast majority in society, saying the conflict did not justify the shedding of a single drop of blood. As a result, many of its members were put in prison for their political opposition to the war. To mark this occasion, the Party is engaging in a number of activities this summer, including:

The publication of a new pamphlet which contains articles from the ‘Socialist Standard’ between 1914 and 1918 which set out our principles opposition to the war, together with other material giving an overview of the war, its causes and its effects on working-class lives. This pamphlet is called ‘Strange Meeting: Socialism and World War One‘ and is available for £4.50 (incl p&p) from the Socialist Party from Monday 7th July 2014.


A unique exhibition ‘The Socialist Party and the First World War‘ at Socialist Party Head Office in Clapham will open 11am to 5pm Monday 4th August to Sunday 10th August 2014 and weekends for the rest of August. The exhibition will include archive photographs from the war period. It will also detail how those who opposed the conflict were affected by it, with some becoming Conscientious Objectors, many being imprisoned, while others went ‘on the run’ to flee the military authorities. Our object was not to bid defiance to a world gone mad, but to place on record the fact that in this country the Socialist position was faithfully maintained by the Socialist Party.

a series of public meetings about aspects of the war, including:

  • The Working Class Lost the First World War‘ at 8.00pm on Tuesday 5th August 2014 at Chiswick Town Hall, Heathfield Terrace, London W4 4JN
  • The Left and the First World War‘ at 3.00pm on Sunday 17th August 2014 at Socialist Party Head Office in Clapham, London SW4 7UN
  • The Not So Great 1914-18 War‘ at 8.00pm on Wednesday 20th August 2014 at Maryhill Community Central Halls, 304 Maryhill Road, Glasgow G20 7YE



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