|a Peace Pledge Union puiblication|
Through text audio and video Voices for Peace explores the little known history of Remembrance Day - its transformation from a ceremony of consolation to a fundraising opportunity; from a demand for long term peace to its subtle justification of war. In contrast ot outlines the history of activities against war gives a lie to the view that we are an inescapably warlike species. Indispensable for anyone interested in the rich and varied struggle for peace as well as the dirty facts about war made clear via maps, statistics and graphics.
War and violent conflict have complex origins. These are explored side by side with up-to-date statistics about the state of the world at war. Maps, graphics and illustrations help to make the issues clear.
A major part of the CD looks at the experiences and attitudes of those men who in the First World War refused to fight - often at great cost to themselves and their families. Despite some being ‘crucified’ on barbed wire fences in France, and even sentenced to death, they steadfastly refused to put on a uniform and fight. Young men around the world today continue to be forced to fight, and those who refuse are often imprisoned. Not all action for peace needs such courage. This CD tells of the commitment of millions throughout the world who are trying to make it a less violent place.
Educating for peace: Voices for Peace also includes material for educators, together with suggestions for classroom activities and projects directly linked to some of the material. There is also a wide range of ‘original’ documents to work with.
It is appalling that despite all the wealth, resources, knowledge and goodwill there is around the world we still allow wars to happen. It is appalling that we still spend billions on weapons, which ensure that wars go on happening, and with even more destructive and terrible consequences.
As the regular British army was decimated by German machine-guns in the early months of World War I, and the flow of enthusiastic volunteers began to falter as their graves multiplied, the government made compulsory military conscription legal. The relationship between the state and the individual was changed for ever. It was now illegal to refuse to kill. Millions accepted the new law. Thousands, however, did not, and many of these were sent to prison, and some died. These men and their supporters, who included some formidable women, were the pioneers of today’s protest movements. Their story is too rarely told, and some of it can be found here.