Centenary of the First World War next year.
British recruits August 1914
The root causes of the First World war are rather more complex than this trite Matthew Norman article seem to imply. If the intention was to create a "tongue in cheek" piece of prose poking fun at Maria Miller then so be it, but to suggest that the assassination in Sarajevo was somehow the cause of the subsequent slaughter in the trenches and incidentally on the eastern front,glosses over a range of inter related social, economic, religious and geographical complexities created over many decades before. The "Great War" destroyed too many lives to be trivialised and was the root cause of WW2. As French major general Ferdinand Foch declared (quite accurately)as a reaction to the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, "This is not Peace. It is an Armistice for twenty years."