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Opposition to the Second World War (ePub)

Conscience, Resistance and Service in Britain, 1933–45

WWII Social History Military

By John Broom
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 4.6 MB (.epub)
Pages: 212
ISBN: 9781526716668
eBook Released: 20th December 2018


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As Europe lurched towards war during the 1930s, many people in Britain, with the memories of the horrors of the First World War painfully fresh, set out to build groups opposed to the idea of a future war. Despite current notions of the Second World War as being a time when Britons pulled together with a unity of purpose, many of these organisations continued their work in either campaigning against the conduct of the war, or to alleviate its more destructive effects. The people who went against the political and cultural climate of the time have been somewhat airbrushed from history. This book brings them back into focus and demonstrates the myriad ways in which they lived out the slogan ‘I Renounce War’.

The author has provided a balanced history of opposition to WWII. In a readable style he has looked at how these people lived under the slogan “I renounce war”. In support of the text there is a photo-plate section of images.

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This excellent, well-referenced title will be a valuable tool for anyone with pacifist ancestors.

WDYTYA? February 2019 – reviewed by Jad Adams

Article: 'Book looks at anti-war activism' as featured by

Sheffield Telegraph, 9th January 2019 – words by Julia Armstrong

To listen to author interview click the links below

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Branch FM, 22nd January 2019
 John Broom

About John Broom

John Broom graduated in History from the University of Sheffield in 1991 and has pursued a career in teaching, firstly in History, and latterly as a Specialist Teacher in Autism. The inheritance in 2006 of 170 letters written by his late father between 1940 and 1946 sparked a passion to discover the links between twentieth-century warfare and religion. After completing an MA in Local and Regional History with the Open University, he is currently studying for a PhD at the University of Birmingham and has conducted research on behalf of the Bible Society for their First World War website. John maintains an active social media presence on Twitter at @johnbroom1970 and blogs frequently at www.faithinwartime.wordpress.com.

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