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 a sense of equality of sacrifice on the home front led to Canada’s first experience of overseas conscription. While historians have focused on resistance to enforced military service in Quebec, this has obscured the important role of those who saw military service as incompatible with their religious or ethical beliefs. Crisis of Conscience is the first and only book about the Canadian pacifists who refused to fight in the Great War. The experience of these conscientious objectors offers insight into evolving attitudes about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship during a key period of Canadian 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 the Government

2 Days of Anxiety: Conscientious Objection within the Historic Peace Churches

3 An Insidious Enemy within the Gates: Objection among the Smaller Sects

4 Exemption from Religion on Religious Grounds: Conscientious Objection outside 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 a sense of equality of sacrifice on the home front led to Canada’s first experience of overseas conscription. While historians have focused on resistance to enforced military service in Quebec, this has obscured the important role of those who saw military service as incompatible with their religious or ethical beliefs. Crisis of Conscience is the first and only book about the Canadian pacifists who refused to fight in the Great War. The experience of these conscientious objectors offers insight into evolving attitudes about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship during a key period of Canadian nation building.Crisis of Conscience is essential reading for anyone who wants a greater understanding of not only conscientious objection but of the entire Canadian experience during the First World War. It is an original and balanced examination of a contentious issue and an important contribution to an often neglected area of scholarship - Thomas P. Socknat, co-editor of Challenge to Mars: Essays on Pacifism from 1918 to 1945 - 20081201