Brockway, Archibald Fenner (Oral history)

Catalogue number
  • 476
Department
Sound
Production date
1974-03-27
Subject period
Dimensions
  • whole: Duration 60, Number Of Items 4
Alternative names
  • object name: Oral history
  • object category: IWM interview
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sound

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British member of Independent Labour Party and No-Conscription Fellowship in GB, 1914-1916; absolutist conscientious objector imprisoned in Pentonville, Walton and Lincoln Prisons in GB, 1916-1919

Content description

REEL 1 Background as pacifist and member of Independent Labour Party and No-Conscription Fellowship in GB, 1914-1916: memories of Keir Hardie and Independent Labour Party; effect of outbreak of war on Keir Hardie; formation No-Conscription Fellowship; growth and nature of No-Conscription Fellowship; holding fellowship conference. Aspects of period as inmate in Pentonville, Walton and Lincoln Prisons in GB, 1916-1919: initial arrest and imprisonment in Pentonville Prison; sight of Roger Casement prior to execution. REEL 2 Continues: politics of No-Conscription Fellowship; absolutist versus alternativist conscientious objection position; conditions in Walton and Lincoln Prisons; post-First World War occupations and final break with pacifism during Spanish Civil War. REEL 3 Continues: Recollections of period as member of Independent Labour Party and No-Conscription Fellowship in GB, 1914-1916: question of First World War being unexpected; attempts of Independent Labour Party to prevent war; approach of Independent Labour Party to opposing war; background to his political development; reaction to Socialist parties in Europe favouring war; Union of Democratic Control. REEL 4 Continues: memories of Bertrand Russell; Catherine Marshall’s work for No-Conscription Fellowship; organisation of No-Conscription Fellowship; post-war beliefs and political position.

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