Journalist, academic and author, John Gittings, is coming to speak to Labour Party members in Adderbury on 6 March.
John will challenge the emphasis placed on war in history, saying that ‘civilisation would not have advanced without long periods of productive peace. As the great humanist and peace thinker Erasmus (1466-1536) put it, “peace is the mother and nurse of all that is good for humanity”. And peace is what most people want most of the time: if war is in our genes then peace is there even more’.
John worked at The Guardian for 20 years as assistant foreign editor and chief foreign leader-writer. In 2001-03 he set up The Guardian’s first staff office on the Chinese mainland in Shanghai – and was at Tiananmen Square during the protests.
Now living in Oxfordshire, he is active in local historical research, CND, and the Labour Party.
Read his book: THE GLORIOUS ART OF PEACE: From the Iliad to Iraq
(Oxford University Press, 2012)
To come and hear John: Church House (Adderbury Library) 7.30pm on 6 March.