Unpatriotic History of the 2nd World War - London

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Unpatriotic History of the 2nd World War - London

Date: Sunday, 11 November 2012 - 6:00pm

Venue: The Socialist Party's premises, 52 Clapham High Street, London SW4 7UN

Directions: About five minutes walk from Clapham North tube on the Northern line

James Heartfield introduces his new book Unpatriotic History of the Second World War in which he argues that the Second World War was just as much as the First World War, a conflict, on both sides, between rival imperialist powers for a re-division of the world and not, as popularly portrayed, a "people's war" of "democracy" against "fascism". He shows that this was just the ideological smokescreen to disguise the imperialist economic and strategic interests that were the real issue.

Both sides screwed down their working class, regimenting them and reducing their living standards. Both sides committed atrocities. After the German conquest of Europe, for the first few years the land war was fought in Africa (they've just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the battle of El Alamein), the Middle East and Asia as the dominant imperialist powers fought to defend their empires. When the war did spread to Europe again the winning powers installed regimes favourable to their interests in what Heartfield describes as "the second invasion of Europe".

Free entry and refreshments

Audience participation

Event organised by the SPGB