Conscientious Objectors in World War 1
  • This is a controversial subject which was difficult to understand and address at the time. Therefore the lesson explains why many people in WWI refused to fight, despite government propaganda and pressure from society.

  • Luckily now there is a wealth of video and audio evidence (linked to the BBC in particular) which deconstructs and challenges the old arguments of cowardice and shame. Students are also given two case studies before engaging in a mini debate on the right or wrongs to conscientiously object to war.

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Created: Aug 7, 2017

Updated: Mar 7, 2019

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