Against the Draft: Essays on Conscientious Objection from the Radical Reformation to the Second World War

By Peter Brock

© 2006

Around the world and for hundreds of years, men and women have refused to be drafted into bearing arms for their nations' wars. These conscientious objectors to the draft are the subject of Peter Brock's latest collection, Against the Draft. Brock, the world's leading historian on pacifism, has assembled twenty-five of his essays on conscientious objection to the draft from the beginning of the Radical Reformation in 1525 to the end of the Second World War.

Included in the collection are essays on little known facets of the anti-draft movement including the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition of military exemption that started with the outset of the Radical Reformation in 1525 and has continued, with variations, until the present. Further articles deal with the Quakers in a number of countries, Civil-war America, Leo Tolstoy (who became a convinced pacifist in the later part of his life), British conscientious objectors in the Non-Combatant Corps, the emergence of conscientious objection in Japan, and the fate of conscientious objectors in the psychiatric clinics of Germany and in interwar Poland. Essays on the Central European Nazerenes and on Jehovah's Witnesses in Nazi Germany highlight the exceptionally harsh treatment meted out to conscientious objectors belonging to these two sects, and their steadfast resistance to the state's demand to bear arms. Against the Draft makes an important contribution to the growing study of pacifism and conscientious objection, and represents a key work in the career of the field's foremost scholar.

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  • Page Count: 544 pages
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Against the Draft makes an important contribution to the growing study of pacifism and conscientious objection, and represents a key work in the career of the field's foremost scholar.

Against the Draft: Essays on Conscientious Objection from the Radical Reformation to the Second World War

By Peter Brock

© 2006

Around the world and for hundreds of years, men and women have refused to be drafted into bearing arms for their nations' wars. These conscientious objectors to the draft are the subject of Peter Brock's latest collection, Against the Draft. Brock, the world's leading historian on pacifism, has assembled twenty-five of his essays on conscientious objection to the draft from the beginning of the Radical Reformation in 1525 to the end of the Second World War.

Included in the collection are essays on little known facets of the anti-draft movement including the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition of military exemption that started with the outset of the Radical Reformation in 1525 and has continued, with variations, until the present. Further articles deal with the Quakers in a number of countries, Civil-war America, Leo Tolstoy (who became a convinced pacifist in the later part of his life), British conscientious objectors in the Non-Combatant Corps, the emergence of conscientious objection in Japan, and the fate of conscientious objectors in the psychiatric clinics of Germany and in interwar Poland. Essays on the Central European Nazerenes and on Jehovah's Witnesses in Nazi Germany highlight the exceptionally harsh treatment meted out to conscientious objectors belonging to these two sects, and their steadfast resistance to the state's demand to bear arms. Against the Draft makes an important contribution to the growing study of pacifism and conscientious objection, and represents a key work in the career of the field's foremost scholar.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Heritage
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 544 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.4in x 9.3in
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    “Peter Brock is a historian’s historian; that is, his is concerned with the historiography of his approach as well as his findings. He has long been, and now clearly remains, the premier historian of conscientious objection not only in his main areas of concentration, which are impressive in their number (Eastern Europe, Holland, Britain, the US) but, by extension, for the whole field of war resistance.”


    Michael Nagler, Peace and Conflict Studies Program, University of California at Berkeley
  • Author Information

    Peter Brock is a professor emeritus in the Department of History at the University of Toronto.

  • Table of contents

    List of Illustrations

    Foreword by Martin Ceadel

    Acknowledgments

    Introduction

    1. Conscientious Objection among the Polish Antitrinitarians
    2. A Polish Antitrinitarian in Defence of Conscientious Objection to Military Service (1575)
    3. Conscientious Objection among the Doopsgezinden
    4. Experiences of Quakers Pressed into the Royal Navy
    5. Conscientious Objectors in Revolutionary and Napoleonic France
    6. The Peace Sects of Upper Canada and the Military Question
    7. Militia Objectors in the Channel Islands
    8. When Seventh-day Adventists First Faced the Draft: Civil-War America
    9. Quaker Conscientious Objectors in Norway, 1814–1902
    10. Nazarenes Confront Conscription in Dualist Hungary
    11. Tolstoy and the Imprisonment of Conscientious Objectors in Imperial Russia
    12. The Škarvan Case: The Trial and Imprisonment of a Slovak Tolstoyan
    13. The Emergence of Conscientious Objection in Japan
    14. ‘Boy Conscription’ in Australia and New Zealand: The Experiences of the Conscientious Resisters
    15. Prison Samizdat of British Conscientious Objectors in Two World Wars
    16. Weaponless in the British Armed Forces: The Non-Combatant Corps in the First World War
    17. Hobhouse and Brockway: Conscientious Objectors as Pioneer Convict Criminologists
    18. The Confinement of Conscientious Objectors as Psychiatric Patients in First-World-War Germany
    19. Imperial Russia at War and the Conscientious Objector, August 1914 – February 1917
    20. Vladimir Chertkov and the Tolstoyan Antimilitarist Movement in the Soviet Union
    21. Experiences of Conscientious Objectors in the Soviet Union to 1945
    22. Conscientious Objectors in Interwar Poland
    23. Six Weeks at Hawkspur Green: A Pacifist Episode during the Battle of Britain
    24. British Conscientious Objectors as Medical Paratroopers in the Second World War
    25. Jehovah’s Witnesses as Conscientious Objectors in Nazi Germany

    Index

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