Crisis of Conscience: Conscientious Objection in Canada during the First World War by Amy J. ShawCrisis of Conscience: Conscientious Objection in Canada during the First World War by Amy J. Shaw

Crisis of Conscience: Conscientious Objection in Canada during the First World War

byAmy J. Shaw

Paperback | July 1, 2009

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The First World War’s appalling death toll and the need for asense of equality of sacrifice on the home front led to Canada’sfirst experience of overseas conscription. While historians havefocused on resistance to enforced military service in Quebec, this hasobscured the important role of those who saw military service asincompatible with their religious or ethical beliefs. Crisis ofConscience is the first and only book about the Canadian pacifistswho refused to fight in the Great War. The experience of theseconscientious objectors offers insight into evolving attitudes aboutthe rights and responsibilities of citizenship during a key period ofCanadian nation building.
Amy J. Shaw is an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Lethbridge.
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Title:Crisis of Conscience: Conscientious Objection in Canada during the First World WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 8.85 × 5.85 × 0.65 inPublished:July 1, 2009Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1 The Responsibilities of Citizenship: Conscientious Objection and theGovernment
2 Days of Anxiety: Conscientious Objection within the Historic PeaceChurches
3 An Insidious Enemy within the Gates: Objection among the SmallerSects
4 Exemption from Religion on Religious Grounds: Conscientious Objectionoutside Pacifist Denominations
5 Holier than Thou: Images of Conscientious Objectors

Conclusion

Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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The First World War’s appalling death toll and the need for asense of equality of sacrifice on the home front led to Canada’sfirst experience of overseas conscription. While historians havefocused on resistance to enforced military service in Quebec, this hasobscured the important role of those who saw military service asincompatible with their religious or ethical beliefs. Crisis ofConscience is the first and only book about the Canadian pacifistswho refused to fight in the Great War. The experience of theseconscientious objectors offers insight into evolving attitudes aboutthe rights and responsibilities of citizenship during a key period ofCanadian nation building.