The world is my country
A Visual Celebration of the People and Movements that Opposed the First World War

http://theworldismycountry.info

Year Published:  2015  
Resource Type:  Website
Cx Number:  CX18606

The First World War centenary (2014-2018) is being accompanied by a tidal wave of events, exhibitions, TV series, books and commemorations. However, one key aspect of the War’s history is receiving little or no attention: the history and stories of the people and organisations that opposed the conflict, and took action to stop it.

Abstract:  The First World War centenary (2014-2018) is being accompanied by a tidal wave of events, exhibitions, TV series, books and commemorations. However, one key aspect of the War’s history is receiving little or no attention: the history and stories of the people and organisations that opposed the conflict, and took action to stop it.

Moreover, this history – of police raids and buried documents, feminist peace initiatives and clandestine printing presses, striking German munitions workers and communities of resistance in Huddersfield, Hackney, and Bradford (among other places) – appears to be largely unknown even to contemporary activists.

To help counter this omission Peace News (PN) has produced a series of ten highly-visual colour posters, featuring the distinctive graphic art of Emily Johns, celebrating key figures and events from the First World War anti-war movement – including figures and events from Germany & the Global South – bringing their stories and chutzpah alive for a new generation.

Peace News has also collaborated with the poetry publisher Hearing Eye to commission six poems poems and 2 songs from Alan Brownjohn, Mererid Hopwood, Dan Kennedy, Krysia Mansfield and Anna Robinson.