Thursday, May 1, 2014

Events: Opposition to the First World War

Three events at Housmans bookshop related to the first world war & opposition to it.
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Thursday 15th May, wine reception 6.30pm, talks from 7pm, free entry
 ‘Objection Overruled’ and ‘Comrades in Conscience’ with David Boulton and Cyril Pearce

An event to commemorate International Conscientious Objectors’ Day event, remembering the actions of those who opposed and resisted the first world war, as told in new editions of these two important books.
There will also be CO commemoration events all day in Tavistock Square and Friends House, where the Quaker Centre Cafe and Bookshop will be open.

ANNUAL CEREMONY TO MARK INTERNATIONAL CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS' DAY will take place around the rock dedicated to all COs in Tavistock Square, London WC1, at NOON ON THURSDAY 15TH MAY 2014.   The rock is at the Euston Road end of the square, near to the BMA building. 

This year we shall be remembering in particular those who were Conscientious Objectors during World War One from 1916-1919 - a large number of their descendants have been traced and will be present at the ceremony.   Everyone is welcome to join in. 

The ceremony will last about one hour and be followed by a picnic in the square (bring your own picnic!)

Wednesday 11th June, 7pm
 ‘Sylvia Pankhurst, Suffrage, and the Battle for the Census’ with Jill Liddington and Katherine Connelly. Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase.

A joint book event for two titles considering two aspects of Suffragette history: Connelly’s books looks in detail at the life of Sylvia Pankhurst, whilst Liddington’s book tells the story of the Suffragettes’ controversial campaign to boycott the 1911 census.

Wednesday 18th June, 7pm ‘Writings against the First World War’ with Bruce Kent and A.W. Zurbrugg. Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase.

Our guests present the works of those who opposed the First World War and who wrote and published in order to convince others of its horrors, with particular reference to newly published books ‘Not Our War: Writings against the First World War’ and ‘War against War!’
Housmans bookshop is located at 5, Caledonian Road, London, near King’s Cross.

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  1. A talk is to be given at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London, on June 14th at 7 p.m. by a Bosnian author and journalist, about the young man who killed the Austrian Archduke (and the politics behind the action). Tickets £5:
    Freethought History Research Group