War does not decide who is right but who is left. - George Bernard Shaw
When the opening salvos of the First World War were fired, the London School of Economics and Political Sciences had been established as a metropolitan centre for research and teaching in the social sciences with a tradition of public engagement for nearly two decades. The School was characteristically divided over the rights and wrongs of the conflict, but hundreds of alumni joined the Forces, alongside academics such as Clement Attlee, Hugh Dalton and R.H Tawney - 46 students and staff were killed. Many more helped the war effort both from behind the lines and back on the home front.
As we commemorate the centenary of the First World War over the next four years, these pages will be updated with the work taking place at LSE looking at all aspects of the conflict which was referred to with hope as the ‘war to end all wars’.