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Approaches to pacifism

Peace: The Great Adventure

19 October, 2015 - 11:59 -- ElizabethP

Those attempting to persuade young men to enlist in the army often spoke of adventure, sacrifice and comradeship.

As John's entry today makes clear, there was also much comradeship in the peace movement. Maude Royden, an Anglican who worked closely with Quakers, was keen to associate peace with the spirit of adventure traditionally associated with war. Her book, The Great Adventure, was published in early 1915. Here's an abridged extract.

Approaches to pacifism

19 October, 2015 - 11:57 -- ElizabethP

As time went on, John became less isolated and more involved with the anti-war movement. Motivations for opposing the war differed; some held religious convictions while others opposed it on political or humanitarian grounds, others made no distinctions.

The ‘absolutists’ were determined not to accept any work ordered by the state; others would consider alternative work – though there were further differences over what sort of work they would accept. John was later asked about divisions in the movement. This was his reply.

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