By Jonathan Atkin
This booklet attracts jointly for the first actual time examples of the ''aesthetic pacifism'' practiced in the course of the nice struggle by way of such celebrated members as Virginia Woolf, Siegfried Sassoon, and Bertrand Russell. moreover, the booklet outlines the tales of these much less recognized who shared the approach of the Bloomsbury crew and people round them whilst it got here to dealing with the 1st ''total war.''
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Instead, he wrote out an application to the Holborn local tribunal for exemption on grounds of conscientious objection. In it, he stated that: I have a conscientious objection to surrendering my liberty of judgement … My objection to submit to authority in this matter is truly conscientious. 30 Although there is no certainty that this actual statement was sent to the Holborn tribunal, the existence of a summons from the Clerk of the Tribunal for 28 March 1916 and a reply from Keynes stating that he was too busy at the Treasury to attend this date provide proof that Keynes must have made an initial application for exemption to the local authorities.
99 The physical self-removal from the war of Vanessa Bell was echoed to a certain extent in mental terms by her sister Virginia. Right at the start of the conflict, during the first hours of war, Virginia Woolf had merely noted the extra trains being run to and from the coast to transport people fleeing the Continent to London and beyond. 100 During the next few months, the Woolfs busied themselves with looking for alternative accommodation, eventually finding Hogarth House in Richmond at Christmas 1914.
They entered the Army for precisely the same reason that sheep enter the slaughterhouse. They obeyed because they were afraid to disobey. It was the same in all belligerent countries where conscription obtained … By 1917, at any rate, the issues at stake meant nothing to the ordinary conscript. 71 Bell’s 1915 call for agitation for peace had been no mere journalistic outburst; a few months after the introduction of conscription he was still to be found writing to his friends that, ‘we must keep the agitation up – in the house, in the country, on individuals – do impress that on all your friends.