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Left OutThe forgotten tradition of radical publishing for children in Britain 1910–1949$
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Kimberley Reynolds

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198755593

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198755593.001.0001

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War and Peace in Radical Writing for Children

War and Peace in Radical Writing for Children

(p.42) 1 War and Peace in Radical Writing for Children
Left Out

Kimberley Reynolds

Oxford University Press

This chapter covers opposition to war in a range of children’s publications in the years between the two world wars. It shows how opposition spanned all social classes, but was particularly solid in Socialist publications for the young. It also explores disruptions to pacifism caused by the rise of fascism, particularly as the civil war in Spain came to a head. Works discussed include those by H.G. Wells and Helen Zenna Smith (pen-name of Evadne Price), as well as the Biggles books. Finally, it looks at the rise of youth culture, and the unusual case of public school boys led by Giles and Esmond Romilly (nephews of Winston Churchill studying at Wellington) who produced and distributed four numbers of Out of Bounds, an underground magazine dedicated to opposing fascism.

Keywords:   war, First World War, peace, youth, fascism, pacifism, Conscientious Objector, Spanish Civil War

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