I won’t go! Conscientious objectors and the First World War

Equiping students with the knowledge to judge and debate whether it was a braver decision to fight on the battlefield or to refuse to do so.
STUDENTS WILL
• Study volunteering and conscription at the outbreak of war
• Discuss case studies of pacifists/conscientious objectors and their motives
• Learn the difference between conscientious objectors and absolutists
• Select evidence from a range of sources to construct an argument

Resources involved: Information about local tribunals, motivations for pacifists, white feathers, courts martial, propaganda, Richmond 16.
OUTCOMES
• An ability to understand social attitudes towards pacifism at the time of the First World War
• Ways of evaluating the intention, effect and honesty of propaganda
• Skills of selection in relation to historical evidence
• The ability to constructed a supported argument in support of an historical stance