One Voice: Pacifist Writings from the Second World War

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Vera Brittain worked as a nurse in the First World War - a war in which her brother, his best friend and her own fiancĂ© were killed. Shortly after the War she published her classic book Testament of Youth and moved gradually towards a position of Christian pacifism. It was during the Second World War that she published the two short books included in this volume, Seeds of Chaos and Humiliation with Honour.  In them she argued the pacifist cause and as the horrors of the end of the Second World War became manifest (Dresden, Hiroshima) her books became increasingly well know and influential. It was in 1943 that Vera Brittain began work on these books, which she termed a 'final appeal' against saturation bombing. Hamburg 'surpassed them all in horror': On the night of 27-28 July 1943, several square miles of the residential and commercial heart of the city were engulfed in a firestorm which burbaned for several hours at a temperature of 1,000 degrees centigrade. This is the background out of which these powerful texts were inspired.


This edition includes an introduction by Aleksandra Bennett of McMaster University in Canada and a preface by Shirley Williams, Vera Brittain's daughter.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826485342
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 5/30/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,213,330
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Vera Brittain (1894-1970) was a writer, journalist, pamphleteer and lecturer (on both sides of the Atlanic). Her novel Testament of Youth was an instant best seller. It was republished by Virago and made into a TV series.

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Table of Contents

Preface by Shirley Williams

Introduction by Professor Aleksandra Bennett

1. Humiliation with Honour

2. Seed of Chaos: What Mass Bombing Really Meansv

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