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People Power

Fighting for Peace from the First World War to the Present

Lyn Smith

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An important and compelling counterpart to the myriad histories of war in the past 100 years

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People Power charts the history of the anti-war movement in the UK from the outbreak of the First World War to present-day conflicts in the Middle East, and tells the story of conscientious objectors and others who have been engaged in protest over the past century.

Drawing on testimonies from the Imperial War Museum’s vast collection, and its rich archive of visual material, including photographs, paintings, posters, cartoons and badges, the book explores the wide-ranging reasons for opposing war and examines the changes and continuity in the movement as the nature of conflict has evolved from trench warfare to nuclear weapons. The role of key organizations and groups within the movement is examined, such as the Peace Pledge Union in the 1930s and the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp in the 1980s, as well as that of high-profile individual campaigners, including Fenner Brockway and Tony Benn.

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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 23.0 x 17.0 cm

Extent: 256 pp

Publication date: 23 March 2017

ISBN: 9780500519158

Contents List

1. First World War: The Foundation is Laid • 2. The Interwar Years: Development of the Peace Movement, 1919–1939 • 3. Second World War: Against Total War, 1939–1945 4. Cold War (1): Against Nuclear Weapons; Cold War (2): Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp • 5. The Modern Era: post 1990

About the Author

Lyn Smith is the author of Pacifists in Action, Forgotten Voices of the Holocaust, Voices Against War and the bestselling Young Voices. She has lectured in International Relations and Human Rights at British and American Universities, and has worked has a freelance interviewer for the Imperial War Museum.

Sheila Hancock is a distinguished actor, author and Quaker.

List of Contributors

Sheila Hancock