Wednesday, April 10, 2013


There have been some interesting replies and responses to a proposal/callout from Past Tense for a radical historical counter-program to the planned official commemorations of the outbreak of World War 1. (To read the original post, go to:
It seems that many people were already thinking along similar lines.

Some plans are already afoot:-

Saturday 20th April at Hydra Books, 34 Old Market, Bristol, BS2 0EZ
12.00 -1.00, Bristol Radical History Group
are organizing a meeting
at the Bristol @ Bookfair Radical History space
aimed at giving a brief intro to some of the 'interesting' WW1 history
and then a discussion/brainstorming about what could be done.

They are also proposing a 'planning' meeting for radical history groups
and others interested in a counter-history of WW1 ­ which could be held at
the London Anarchist bookfair in October.

Bristol RHG have also been working on collating (from secondary sources) all the incidents of strikes and mutinies of the British armed forces from
Nov 1918-Feb 1919. They hope to coordinate a research effort by radical history groups and individuals around the country. The emphasis is on the 'local' in order to make it interesting and accessible to each particular area/city/region. See

Derby People’s History are going to celebrate anti-war activist Alice
Wheeldon (who was jailed with other relatives and friends for an attempt
to poison the Prime Minister Lloyd George, and who died in prison) in
Derby 1st May and 14th September.2013. Check out:

York Alternative History have made a start by preparing for a 'day school'
to be held in October 2014 to highlight the 'uncomfortable' issues about
WW1. See

The Freethought History Research Group suggested a commemoration of the big peace demo in Trafalgar Square, two days before the outbreak of the First Word War; Kier Hardie spoke among others.

The Socialist Party of Great Britain announced that they were planning a
resolution at their Conference:
"That in order to counteract the nationalist and militarist propaganda
campaign that the government is planning on the occasion of the centenary
in 2014 of the outbreak of the First World War, the Party reprint as a
pamphlet the series of front page manifestos that appeared in the
Socialist Standard from September 1914 to April 1915."
Supporting statement: The government is planning to celebrate this event
along the lines of the queen's diamond jubilee. We need to counter this as
well as explaining what the War was really about, which these manifestos
explain eloquently. They can be found on the internet at

Further suggestions, ideas, proposals are of course welcome.

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