Pacifism and conscientious objectors

The principle behind this activity is to go beyond the surface of conscription and the experience of warfare with students. In order to make an informed judgment as to whether it was braver to object than to fight, students will carry out a thorough enquiry. They will use a selection of sources to elicit information that provides an insight into the conditions and experiences of combat soldiers in the trenches and objectors. They will also begin to understand the social attitudes at the time that shaped these experiences.