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Against the Draft

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

Against the Draft

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

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Hardback

£75.99

Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9780802090737
Number of Pages: 544
Published: 22/04/2006
Width: 15.9 cm
Height: 23.5 cm
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.

Peter Brock

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

"'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 (E. Europe, Holland, Britain, the US) but, by extension, for the whole field of war resistance.' - Michael Nagler, Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of California at Berkeley"

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