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Niall Ferguson (left) and Max Hastings Photo: Chimerica Media/Blakeway Productions

The debate that never was: the BBC and the first world war

Journalist Max Hastings thinks the first world war was a "necessary war". Historian Niall Ferguson says Britain should have kept out of it. The BBC's gave each a documentary to make their case. Chris Nineham was not impressed by either of them

Video: World War One - The Debate

video clipVideo of a debate organised by the British Library and History Today on the myths, meaning and origins of the First World War featuring leading historians - including Counterfire's Neil Faulkner

  • Written by Paul Hanes
  • Category: World War One