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For Class and CountryThe Patriotic Left and the First World War$
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David Swift

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940025

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781786940025.001.0001

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‘Middle-class peace men?’ – Labour and the Anti-War Agitation

‘Middle-class peace men?’ – Labour and the Anti-War Agitation

(p.56) 3 ‘Middle-class peace men?’ – Labour and the Anti-War Agitation
For Class and Country

David Swift

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines opposition to the war from the Left. It will first discuss the conscription issue of 1915-1916, the periodic strikes that threatened to cripple industries during the war, and the soldiers’ strikes and mutinies after the Armistice, the anti-war movement and centres of supposed resistance to the patriotism of the war years, and finally the Leeds and Stockholm conferences of 1917, which seemed to herald a break from the government line and a demand for an early peace settlement.

Keywords:   Peace movement, Russian revolutions, Pacifism, Leeds conference, Stockholm conference

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