A War of Individuals: Bloomsbury Attitudes to the Great War by Jonathan Atkin

By Jonathan Atkin

This ebook attracts jointly for the first actual time examples of the ''aesthetic pacifism'' practiced in the course of the nice struggle by means of such celebrated contributors as Virginia Woolf, Siegfried Sassoon, and Bertrand Russell. additionally, the e-book outlines the tales of these much less recognized who shared the mind-set of the Bloomsbury staff and people round them whilst it got here to dealing with the 1st ''total war.''

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That’s to say they prefer to leave the decision to the military authorities. In that case, you’d be called up and examined after you’d been ‘deemed’. 50 Lytton replied that, although he had many feelings against joining the army that were not of a conscientious nature, even if he found himself doing clerical work in the lowly Class IVb he would feel this expense of energy towards the war to be wrong and was prepared, as he told his brother, to go to prison rather than do work of even that sort.

I think the public are partly feeling simple horror and partly that it’s a dreadful necessity. But I think there will be a change when the casualties begin – both in the direction of greater hostility to the Germans and also more active disgust at the whole thing. Though of course a great deal will depend on the actual turn of events. On the Foreign Secretary, Grey and the political dimension Strachey commented, ‘It’s like a puppet show, with the poor little official dolls dancing and squeaking their official phrases, while the strings are being pulled by some devilish Unseen Power.

How idiotic to go home and listen to talk about the war and Rupert’, she wrote to her husband, with Brooke’s death symbolising the war itself and consequently her desire to be apart from it. However, the war’s effects reached out to her through its influence upon her friends as they made plans to resist being forced to fight. When she finally returned to London, she found only a ‘state of general gloom’ which seemed to have taken the place of the social life she had formerly known; she deplored the fact that, ‘no-one can now lead their normal lives’.

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