Protest and Dissent

Postcard mocking conscientious objectors

Postcard mocking conscientious objectors

Though it would be true to say that the majority of people in Britain supported the war, accepted the government’s case for its necessity and believed that German militarism had brought it about, nevertheless, a minority refused to bow to the prevalent view and campaigned against Britain’s involvement.  Some were pacifists on religious grounds, such as Quakers; some were socialists who believed that working men across the world should unite in pursuit of their interests, rather than fight each other.  The women’s suffrage movement split over the war, with some such as Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst urging support for the war and a suspension of suffragette activity and others, such as Sylvia Pankhurst, campaigning for peace and internationalism.

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