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We Will Not Go to War Conscientious Objection during the World Wars by Felicity Goodall

We Will Not Go to War Conscientious Objection during the World Wars


We Will Not Go to War Conscientious Objection during the World Wars by Felicity Goodall

During the First and Second World Wars thousands of men and women refused the call to arms. Reviled, starved and beaten, theirs was a battle of conscience. In the First World War, seventy-three conscientious objectors died as a result of their treatment, and hundreds more were imprisoned. During the Second World War, many conscientious objectors performed other, non-combatant duties with great heroism, including bomb disposal, and joining the fire service and ambulance crews. Unable to turn a blind eye to the dark realities of war, these men and women, who came from all classes and backgrounds, wrestled with their moral values, and their struggles, motivations and stories are brought together in this moving and challenging history of war's outcasts.

About the Author

FELICITY GOODALL is a teacher and an historian. She is interested in the human story of war. She has also been interviewed widely on television and radio regarding Conscientious Objection. She gives frequent lectures and talks, in between researching new book ideas. She lives in Devon.

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Publication date

20th October 2010


Felicity Goodall

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The History Press Ltd


264 pages


Military history
Other warfare & defence issues
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000



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