Remembering the anti-war movement: Contesting the war and fighting the class struggle on Clydeside

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The chapter is structured around three key geographical aspects of the anti-war movement on Clydeside. It begins by engaging with the variety of protest activity following the outbreak of the war. This analysis centres upon the multiple articulations of anti-war sentiment as evident through the lives of the three political activists. A central geographical contribution here is to argue that key sites and documents emerged from these practices that provide a spatial politics to the movements, which still resonate in the present day. The second section pays closer attention to the connections between particular class antagonisms and the anti-war movement. It does so by considering overlaps between the rent strikes and anti-war movement whilst also considering links with work-place disputes. This analysis develops the previous section by again indicating the diverse support for opposition to the war and how the activists introduced produced multiple related demands that stretched beyond pacifism. The final section briefly considers the broader links between these individuals and anti-war movements elsewhere to illustrate the translocal and international spaces of solidarity that developed during this period. The chapter concludes by drawing these themes together and briefly reflecting on more direct links to contemporary anti-war demonstrations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommemorative Spaces of the First World War: Historical Geographies at the Centenary
EditorsJames Wallis, David Harvey
Place of PublicationAbingdon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISBN (Print)9781138121188
Publication statusPublished - 21 Aug 2017

Publication series

NameRoutledge Research in Historical Geography
PublisherTaylor & Francis


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