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Oxford Marxists: How revolution ended the First World War

Calendar
Socialist Appeal
Date
13 November 2018 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Location
Oxford University Student Union, 4 Worcester St, Oxford OX1 2BX, UK

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11th November this year marks the centenary anniversary since the First World War ended. In Britain, on Remembrance Sunday, tribute will be paid to the millions who lost their lives in this war.

But the real history of WWI will not be remembered by the British establishment. In reality, this was an imperialist war, fought for the profits and interests of the same ruling class that now hypocritically whips up a 'patriotic' hysteria over poppy-wearing whilst sending more young men and women to die in imperialist adventures in the Middle East.

The truth is that the 'great slaughter' was ended through revolution - in particular, the German Revolution of November 1918, in which soldiers and sailors mutinied against the orders of their superiors. Soviets of workers and soldiers were formed in Berlin and across Germany. Power lay in the hands of the working class.

But this revolutionary opportunity was lost, betrayed by the Social Democratic leaders in whom the masses' trust was placed. And the Communist leaders, Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, were murdered on the orders of these very same social democrats.

100 years on, it is vital that we discuss these revolutionary events and learn the lessons from them: the only way to end war once and for all is to overthrow capitalism.
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