• 1910

    Copenhagen Congress  Copenhagen Congress of 2nd International called for workers to oppose war
  • 1912

    Don’t Shoot  leaflet (Guy Bowman, Tom Mann, Fred Crowsley –all imprisoned)
  • 1914

    Industrial Peace 1914 (end of Aug) TUC and LP declared ‘industrial truce’, supported by Hyndman
  • 1914 Union of Democratic Control (UDC) formed

    Opposed the war from the start, as did Sylvia Pankhurst whose organisation, the East London
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Wednesday, 14 October 2015 13:03

Socialist Opposition to the First World War

'Socialist Opposition to the First World War' exhibition launching at the Marx Memorial Library

The Marx Memorial Library and Workers' School is pleased to announce the launch of our Heritage Lottery Fund supported exhibition Socialist Opposition to the First World War at 11.00 am. The launch will commence at Marx Memorial Library on Sunday 8th November 2015 where it will remain for six weeks. Thereafter it will  move to other locations inside and outside London. It will run until the end of March 2016.

Our exhibition documents the hidden history of the First World War; the rise of the shop stewards' movement, opposition to militarisation, the splits within the Suffragettes over war and patriotism, and the influence of socialist politics on the anti-war movement.

Britain was not united over the merits of the war effort, and we seek to show how opposition to the war was an integral part of daily life for many working class men and women. We want to challenge any narrative around the war that ignores the deep and lasting divisions in society over the so-called Great War.

We are launching the exhibition on Remembrance Sunday to encourage and ensure that our memories of the war recall that opposition to war and militarism is a longstanding and proud part of British history and society.


For further information about the exhibition please contact:

Professor Mary Davis

Marx Memorial Library & Workers' School, 37a Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0DU

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