Comrades in Conscience: The Story of an English Community's Opposition to the Great War (2001) by Cyril Pearce
Comrades in Conscience: The Story of an English Community's Opposition to the Great War was written by Cyril Pearce and first published in 2001 by Francis Boutle.
A revised edition was published in 2014.
Comrades in Conscience is a groundbreaking study of opposition to the First World War in one locality – Huddersfield – where a unique consensus of Nonconformist Liberals and a vigorous labour and socialist movement earned it the reputation of being ‘a hotbed of pacifism’. Using local sources, including the weekly socialist newspaper The Worker, the records of anti-conscription organisations, as well as the testimonies of conscientious objectors themselves, Cyril Pearce portrays a community largely unenthusiastic about the war and tolerant of those who resisted it, and goes on to question widely-held assumptions about the war’s popularity.
- 369 pages
- ISBN 9781903427064