The saga of the apostles and devotees of pacifism from the conscientious objectors of World War I to the ban-the-bomb marchers and the campers at Greenham Common today. More a series of portraits and sketches than a systematic history, it nevertheless succeeds in giving an account that is reasonably comprehensive and both sympathetic and objective. Mainly the book is about what took place in Britain, but for the period since 1945 there is more than cursory mention of the United States (the civil rights movement and anti-Vietnam War protest), Germany (the rise of the Greens) and Japan (the legacy of Hiroshima). While the effects of pacifism on national policies and international relations have often been imperceptible, the questions of conscience and principle raised by these "troublesome" people remain.
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