“Britain should have stayed out of the First World War” says Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson talks to Rob Attar, editor of BBC History Magazine, about why he believes Britain made a terrible mistake in joining the First World War a century ago

Army recruits take the oath in White City, London, December 1914. “Creating an army more or less from scratch was a recipe for disastrous losses,” claims Niall Ferguson. (Getty Images)

This article was published in the February 2014 issue of BBC History Magazine

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