What is the course about?
The course explores women’s involvement, both as individuals and organisations, in anti-militarism and peace movements between the 1850s and the late 20th century. Aspects covered include responses to the Crimean War (1854-1856) and Boer/South African War (1899-1902), campaigns and initiatives during the First World War and tensions in the 1930s between Pacifism and anti-Fascism. Also considered is the role of women in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament together with their opposition to the installation of nuclear missiles at Greenham Common and the subsequent decision to establish a (women-only) camp there in the early 1980s.
What will we cover?
The origins and early history of the modern British Peace Movement
Peace activities from the Crimean War to the Boer/South African War
Women’s opposition to war, 1914-1919
Women’s peace campaigns during the inter-war era and the difficulties/dilemmas faced
Pacifism and the Cold War, 1945-1991: an overview
From Hiroshima to CND to Greenham Common: Women and nuclear disarmament, 1945-2000.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
The origins and early history of the modern British Peace Movement; peace activities from the Crimean War to the Boer/South African War; women’s opposition to war, 1914-1919; and women’s peace campaigns during the inter-war era and the difficulties/dilemmas which they faced. Also the significance of Pacifism and the Cold War, 1945-1991 as well as
women and the quest for nuclear disarmament between1945-2000 with particular reference to CND and the protests/camp at Greenham Common.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course. No previous knowledge is required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be delivered through a mixture of formal input and discussion with student participation encouraged.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Pen and paper for any optional note taking.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might be interested in Peter Street's next religion and belief course - 'Upholdng Christian civilisation?': religion, waging war and restructuring society in Britain, 1939-1945 (HRS38).