War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914-1918
This book is about the Americans who tried to stop their nation from fighting in one of history’s most destructive wars and then were hounded by the government when they refused to back down. In the riveting War Against War, Michael Kazin brings us into the ranks of the ...more
Once war was declared there was also broad resistance and non-participation in the military draft. Based on modern expectations, it is surprising how many people ...more
Kazin’s subject is what he calls “the largest, most diverse, and most ...more
If you are interested in peace, American history, militarization, socialism in the US, or coalition ...more
So here is the thing about War Against War. We [the students POLISCI 101] were told the book was supposed to explain how the first world war was the cause of the second world war and all subsequent wars the United states took part in. I'm forced to agree that the book does do that, but I can save you some trouble by telling you the same effect could be done in a few ...more
Kazin looks at the Peace Movement before and during WWI. Early on, there was hopes to create a movement that would end war. Then it was a hope to keep the US out of war. But the movement began to fracture as the US went more towards war. For instance, many suffragettes were peace advocates, but as the US ramped into preparedness, some went along with it while others remained steadfastly opposed.
One random ...more
Answers that first come to mind likely include the Iraq War in 2003, the Vietnam War of the 1960s, and perhaps even the Civil War of the 1860s.
Less considered is World War I. Perhaps part of it can be attributed to the lack of teaching about the war in schools. Most education involving the war involves a shooting started it, the mention of No Man's Land, and then the mighty Americans coming in to bail the Allies ...more
This book starts in 1914 and continues through the pre-war period, into WWI. It looks at the people and the politics involved in the fight for peace. Some players were mostly expected, like the women from the suffrage movement, and others surprised me. I would not have ...more
America’s entry into the war foreclosed the possibility of a negotiated peace among the belligerents, who were exhausted by three years of fighting. In another year or two, the warring nations would have been forced to reach a settlement. There would have been no punitive peace treaty, no reparations,...more
There are a couple of fine books that describe how the Versailles Treaty (ending WWI) paved the way for WWII, as well as the conflicts in the Middle East. The US entry enabled Brits and French to retain/expand their empires. In the Middle East ...more
GN I have a special interest in 20th century history, including WWI during which my maternal grandfather served. This book touches on those who supported isolationism during the WWI conflict - something only covered lightly in my past readings. I am grateful to more fully understand this aspect of our ...more