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

By Jonathan Atkin

This publication attracts jointly for the first actual time examples of the ''aesthetic pacifism'' practiced through the nice warfare by means of such celebrated contributors as Virginia Woolf, Siegfried Sassoon, and Bertrand Russell. furthermore, the ebook outlines the tales of these much less recognized who shared the frame of mind of the Bloomsbury crew and people round them while it got here to dealing with the 1st ''total war.''

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E. Moore and was perhaps more responsive from the first to the changing circumstances of a nation at war and his part in it. 36 As early as mid-August 1914, Strachey wrote to his brother James that: I think it’s very important that people should be stirred up about Peace … Any straw seems worth clutching at when such things are at stake. I’m sure the essential thing is to institute a Stop the War party in the Cabinet, backed by public opinion. It’s no good wasting energies over blaming E. Grey [the Foreign Secretary] … I haven’t seen anyone who hasn’t agreed in the main lines eg.

Her insular reaction was given full reign by the onset of her mental breakdown in the spring of 1915 from which she did not recover until the end of that year. Virginia suffered from recurring mental difficulties all her life, though at this particular time she was perhaps more prone to attack due to possible tension between her inner, creative life and the outside war-life of the nation and her friends. The solitude of illness enabled her to establish a domestic routine that would assist her throughout the remainder of the war.

James Strachey’s solution was to highlight one’s objection to the present war and one’s pro-Germanism, which he thought would infuriate the tribunals to such an extent that they would immediately reject those individuals for inclusion within the ranks of the military. e. the tribunals) beginning to assert themselves, now placed his hope in ‘the extremity of extremism’ and found a new regard for Clifford Allen and the activities of the NCF in their refusal to compromise (‘Britain’s One Hope’, as he described them to Vanessa Bell).

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