“Britain made mistake in joining WW1”: Twitter reacts to Niall Ferguson claim

Historians, journalists and members of the public have taken to Twitter to discuss Niall Ferguson’s assertion that Britain should have stayed out of the First World War.

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In an interview with BBC History Magazine, Ferguson claimed “it would have been in Britain’s interests to stay out in 1914”.

Military historian Professor Gary Sheffield wrote on the social networking site:

Meanwhile, a student at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand tweeted:

And Irish entrepreneur Declan Ganley wrote:

Meanwhile, Sir Richard Evans, historian of modern Germany and Europe, said:

And Toby Helm, the Observer's political editor, asked:

The story was also promoted on Twitter by Alan Rusbridger, editor in chief of Guardian Newspapers:

And a marketer from Austin wrote:

Meanwhile, Traditional Britain Group tweeted:

The full story can be found in the February issue of BBC History Magazine, on sale from today.

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