Unpatriotic History of the Second World War

Date: Tuesday 27 November, 6:45pm (for a 7pm start) to 8:30pm

Venue: The Millennium Room, Carriageworks Theatre, Millennium Square, Leeds

Tickets: £5 waged/£3 unwaged

Speaker: James Heartfield


Leeds Salon invites writer James Heartfield to discuss his latest book, Unpatriotic History of the Second World War (Zero Books, 2012).

Sixty million people died in the Second World War, and still they tell us it was 'the People's War'. The official history of the Second World War is the victor's history. Unpatriotic History of the Second World War is the history of the Second World War without the patriotic whitewash.

The Second World War was not fought to stop fascism, or to liberate Europe. This book shows that it was a war between imperialist powers to decide which among them would rule over the world, a division of the spoils of empire, and an iron cage for working people, forced to serve the war production drive.

In Unpatriotic History of the Second World War James Heartfield explains why the Great Powers fought most of their war not in their own countries, but in colonies in North Africa, in the Far East and in Germany's hoped-for empire in the East. James looks at how unofficial strikes, partisans in Europe and Asia, and soldiers' mutinies came close to ending the war. He argues the Allies invaded Europe and the Far East to save the system of capitalism from being overthrown.



Exploding the myth of the 'People's War', Neil Davenport, Spiked Review of Books No.61., October 2012

World War as Class War, James Heartfield, Mute, 20 January 2010



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