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The Great War Debate comes to London

Posted  12 July 2016 in News  
By Liz Robertson
Reservists of the Grenadier Guards re-enlisting on the outbreak of war, London, 5 August 1914. © IWM (Q 67397)

Fresh from its launch in Manchester, The Great War Debate comes to the capital on 27 September as leading First World War experts descend on IWM London to discuss the outbreak of war.

‘A’ Level students from the local area will get the opportunity to hear from renowned historians and academics, Sir Hew Strachan (St Andrews), Dr Annika Mombauer (Open University), Richard Smith (Foreign Commonwealth Office) and Professor John Horne (Oxford), as they explore whether Europe accidentally stumbled into war in 1914.

To ensure students are able to get the most out of the debate and prepare questions to pose to the panel in advance, teachers can run a short session on the outbreak of war by downloading this PDF lesson plan.

If you’re a teacher from the London area, you can find more details on the event itself by clicking here. If you will not be attending The Great War Debate, please feel free to use these resources to conduct a lesson on the origins of the First World War with your students by picking and choosing from the suggested activities.

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