PN brings key First World War author to London

IssueFebruary 2014
News by Gabriel Carlyle

Over 120 people squeezed into the Bloomsbury Suite at Friends House in London on 17 January to hear renowned US author Adam Hochschild talk about his book To End All Wars – the only recent account of the First World War to foreground the war’s opponents.

According to Hochschild: ‘The First World War changed the world for the worse in every conceivable way, but despite its folly and devastation people in Britain have one thing they should feel proud of. From 1914 to 1918, this country had the largest and most outspoken anti-war movement of any of the Western Allies, filled with brave, remarkable and largely unknown men and women who deserve to be remembered as national heroes.’

Organised by PN, with the support of Quaker Peace & Social Witness, the event was also the launch of a year-long PN project inspired by Hochschild’s book: ‘The World is My Country’ (see p11).