People Power

Fighting for Peace from the First World War to the Present


A fascinating look at the anti-war movement in the UK over the past century, published to accompany a major exhibition at the Imperial War Museum, London, from 23 March to 28 August 2017.

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Lyn Smith


People Power charts the history of the anti-war movement in the UK from the outbreak of the First World War to present-day conflicts in the Middle East, and tells the story of conscientious objectors and others who have been engaged in protest over the past century.

Drawing on testimonies from the Imperial War Museum’s vast collection, and its rich archive of visual material, including photographs, paintings, posters, cartoons and badges, the book explores the wide-ranging reasons for opposing war and examines the changes and continuity in the movement as the nature of conflict has evolved from trench warfare to nuclear weapons. The role of key organizations and groups within the movement is examined, such as the Peace Pledge Union in the 1930s and the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp in the 1980s, as well as that of high-profile individual campaigners, including Fenner Brockway and Tony Benn.

Additional information

Weight 910 g
Dimensions 17.8 x 23.9 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 March 2017
Number of pages 256
Format Hardback
Dimensions 17.8 x 23.9 cm
Weight 910 g


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Lyn Smith is the author of Pacifists in Action, Forgotten Voices of the Holocaust, Voices Against War and the bestselling Young Voices. She has lectured in International Relations and Human Rights at British and American Universities, and has worked has a freelance interviewer for the Imperial War Museum.