Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The British Peace Movement 1870-1914$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Paul Laity

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199248353

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199248353.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 03 December 2020



(p.1) Introduction
The British Peace Movement 1870-1914


Oxford University Press

The belief that war could be abolished became a permanent feature of British political debate by the mid-19th century and remained influential within progressive politics well into the 20th century. The activists who campaigned for its acceptance comprised the peace movement in Victorian and Edwardian Britain. This book examines the outlook and activities of the most important peace associations which operated from 1870 to 1914. The ideological configuration of the peace movement (including non-specialised campaigning — by Radical Liberals and the Labour Party, for instance) is also discussed. The peace societies in fact provide an ideal starting point for such an analysis because it was at their level that the ideas and dilemmas of the peace movement were most thoroughly discussed. The terms ‘pacifism’ and ‘pacific-ism’ are also considered. The chapter concludes by arguing that most historians did not fully understood the reaction of peace activists to World War I.

Keywords:   peace movement, Britain, peace societies, pacifism, pacific-ism, World War I

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .