Shaw's mammoth research has produced a well-written study that looks at the conscientious objectors (COs) created by Canada's Military Service Act of 1917. Summing Up: Recommended.
An original and fascinating study of minority religious rights in Canadian society during wartime. Crisis of Conscience will be an important source for readers interested in pacifism, anti-war sentiment, and peace movements, not just in Canada but in the wider western world.
Crisis of Conscience is essential reading for anyone who wants a greater understanding of not only conscientious objection but of the entire Canadian experience during the First World War. It is an original and balanced examination of a contentious issue and an important contribution to an often neglected area of scholarship
1 The Responsibilities of Citizenship: Conscientious Objection and the Government
2 Days of Anxiety: Conscientious Objection within the Historic Peace Churches
3 An Insidious Enemy within the Gates: Objection among the Smaller Sects
4 Exemption from Religion on Religious Grounds: Conscientious Objection outside Pacifist Denominations
5 Holier than Thou: Images of Conscientious Objectors
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