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By Jonathan Atkin

This e-book attracts jointly for the first actual time examples of the ''aesthetic pacifism'' practiced through the nice battle via such celebrated participants as Virginia Woolf, Siegfried Sassoon, and Bertrand Russell. furthermore, the booklet outlines the tales of these much less famous who shared the approach of the Bloomsbury crew and people round them while it got here to dealing with the 1st ''total war.''

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W. Massingham at the Nation but not before 500,000 copies had been distributed and it had been quoted in the Morning Post. 48 This was also the time of Strachey’s criticism of Keynes for working for a government that was seeking more and more to meet militarism with militarism. Both Strachey and his brother considered their futures under the new Military Service Act; James Strachey sent in his application for exemption early on. [Spectator]’. ) to exempt anyone on medical grounds. That’s to say they prefer to leave the decision to the military authorities.

David Garnett and Francis Birrell went to France as part of the Friends War Victims Relief Mission. However, when Duncan Grant was later deported as a ‘pacifist anarchist’59 while merely attempting to design costumes and scenery for a production of the opera Pelleas et Melisande in Paris, Garnett found that his enthusiasm had waned dramatically, writing to Strachey that: The whole business has shattered my vitality … Really it is awful being anywhere nowadays. I cannot earn a living anywhere without killing or being killed.

In the early summer of 1917 Strachey had to re-establish his case for conscientious objection. Philip Morrell was not allowed to testify, and a counsel was hired to represent him. A decision based upon an objection on grounds of conscience was adjourned pending yet another medical; this time Strachey was graded C4, placed in the reserve and ordered to re-appear every six months for further examinations unless he continued with his specifically ‘conscientious’ objection. On this occasion, with an apparently more serious chance of call-up, he was inclined ‘to letting sleeping dogs lie’.

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