Subversive Peacemakers: War-Resistance 1914-1918: An Anglican Perspective

Clive Barrett


Subversive Peacemakers: War-Resistance 1914-1918: An Anglican Perspective

Subversive Peacemakers: War-Resistance 1914-1918: An Anglican Perspective

  • Title: Subversive Peacemakers: War-Resistance 1914-1918: An Anglican Perspective
  • Author: Clive Barrett
  • ISBN: 9780718893675
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Paperback



The outbreak of the First World War saw an upsurge of patriotism The Church generally saw the war as justified, and many clergy encouraged the men in their congregations to join the army There was, however, already a strong strand of anti war sentiment, opposed to the dominant theology of the Establishment This was partly based on traditional Christian pacifism, but incThe outbreak of the First World War saw an upsurge of patriotism The Church generally saw the war as justified, and many clergy encouraged the men in their congregations to join the army There was, however, already a strong strand of anti war sentiment, opposed to the dominant theology of the Establishment This was partly based on traditional Christian pacifism, but included other religious, social and political influences Campaigners and conscientious objectors voiced a growing concern about the huge human cost of a conflict seemingly endlessly bogged down in the mud of the Flanders poppy fields Subversive Peacemakers recounts the stories of a strong and increasingly organised opposition to war, from peace groups to poets, from preachers to politicians, from women to working men, all of whom struggled to secure peace in a militarised and fragmenting society Clive Barrett demonstrates that the Church of England provided an unlikely setting for much of this war resistance Barrett masterfully narrates the story of the peace movement, bringing together stories of war resistance until now lost, disregarded or undervalued The people involved, as well as the dramatic events of the conflict themselves, are seen in a new light.


Recent Comments "Subversive Peacemakers: War-Resistance 1914-1918: An Anglican Perspective"

It's certainly worth reading the small- print, in this case the full title .'An Anglican Perspective'; the emphasis is on the Christian opposition to Britain taking part in World War 1. A central theme of the book is the formation and growth of the ( Anglican) Fellowship of Reconciliation, formed in December 1914, growing to some 8,000 members by the end of 1917: It must be stressed that the author is keen to identify other Christians who opposed the War. And has no qualms about highlighting how [...]

This is an important contribution to the current marking of the centenary of the Great War: a reminder of those who resisted war, often at huge cost to themselves. The established Church of England had a shameful record, with many of the bishops preaching war and urging Anglicans to fight the just war and kill Germans. Yet there were some wonderful exceptions, among them George Lansbury, Maude Royden - the first woman to preach in an Anglican church - and Dick Sheppard. A powerful reminder that, [...]


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