Lecture by David North
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) Room 2211
252 Bloor Street West, University of Toronto
IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, geopolitical tensions and inter-imperialist conflicts erupted in two major wars, which between them killed close to 100 million people.
One hundred years after the beginning of World War One, humanity faces the danger of a new and even greater catastrophe. Over the past month alone, the Obama administration has announced a new war in the Middle East, in both Iraq and Syria. At the same time, the US and its allies in Europe have seized on the crisis in Ukraine to issue direct sanctions and threats against Russia, the second largest nuclear power.
The entire world is a geopolitical powder keg, with innumerable conflicts that could set off a global conflagration. In the fight against imperialist war today, it is necessary to study the lessons of history and learn from the experiences of past struggles.
DAVID NORTH is a leading expert in socialist politics and the Russian Revolution. He is the chairman of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site and the author of numerous works on philosophy and history, including The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished 20th Century, published this year by Mehring Books. He is also the author of In Defense of Leon Trotsky and Marxism, History and Socialist Consciousness.
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