Prior, Robin: Great War debate

Prior, Robin

The first world war and Australia – oh, what a loopy debate‘, Guardian Australia, 10 January 2014

Political considerations have swamped evidence-based consideration of the beginnings and course of World War I.

Looking at the debate on various aspects of the war, it seems to me that so far it has been characterised by ignorance and a shrillness almost amounting to hysteria. It would be an opportunity lost if the debate continues in this manner. Let us hope that future contributions can bring new perspectives and a degree of historical sanity to an event of world-historical importance.

The article attracted 293 comments, many of them displaying the characteristics the author deplores. Prior wrote this book. There is a related article by Antony Beevor.

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