Das Gedenken an den Ausbruch des Ersten Weltkriegs vor 100 Jahren ist Anlass zu einer Gesprächsreihe über die Geschichte der Linken im 20. Jahrhundert (Originaltitel: „Why does the world change? The Left in the 20th century: Strategic choices and historical conjunctures“). Die Gespräche werden vom Nicos Poulantzas Institut und dem Archiv für Sozialgeschichte der Gegenwart (ASKI) organisiert und von transform! unterstützt.
Die Veranstaltung findet in englischer Sprache statt.
The contemporaries of the First World War deemed it as “the war to end all wars”. The belief to the prospect of dealing by the war with the conflicts of interest between the states, on the basis of the emerging Principle of Nationalities, was enforcing these hopes. With the privilege of hindsight, we can now say that these beliefs have been proven unrealistic. The War brought about the dissolution of the Empires, the development of an anti-war sentiment to the people and the dynamic emergence in the historical scene of one of the fundamental actors of its change: Socialism.
Instead of the end of the wars, the outcome was the emergence of new opposing fronts, both outside and inside the states, the definition of new conflicts and forwarding of developments that would change forever the world’s outlook. Especially in Greece though, the First World War occupies a rather small place in the collective historical memory. Events that preceded the War, like the Balkan Wars, and mainly followed it, like the Asia Minor Catastrophe of 1922, even though they are fundamental parts of the collective historical memory in Greece, are being perceived by the people not in the context of the First World War, to which they are fully attached.
The first part of the talks aims to present the developments leading to the War, emphasizing to the European and Greek Left in a wider perspective that wishes to examine the Greek situation as a part of the worldwide changes that convulsed the world. In the first talk, on the National Question issue, the key speaker will be Walter Baier, coordinator of the transform! network, which is supporting the history talks.