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A War of Individuals: Bloomsbury Attitudes to the Great War

Jonathan Atkin


The Great War still haunts us. This book draws together examples of the ‘aesthetic pacifism’ practised during the Great War by such celebrated individuals as Virginia Woolf, Siegfried Sassoon and Bertrand Russell. It also tells the stories of those less well known who shared the attitudes of the Bloomsbury Group when it came to facing the first ‘total war’. The five-year research for this study gathered evidence from all the major archives in Great Britain and abroad in order to paint a complete picture of this unique form of anti-war expression. The narrative begins with the Great War's effec ... More

Keywords: Great War, aesthetic pacifism, Virginia Woolf, Siegfried Sassoon, Bertrand Russell, Bloomsbury Group, total war, anti-war expression, philosopher-pacifist, Cambridge University

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780719060700
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719060700.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Atkin, author