This is an idiosyncratic collection of thirteen essays loosely linked by the First World War and covering attitudes toward war, local working-class organization, trade unions, and the role of women. Unfortunately, there is no overarching argument binding the essays.

Marcus Morris offers a cogent explanation of the pre-1914 views of H. M. Hyndman, Robert Blatchford, and Harry Quelch, who regarded Germany as the greatest threat to peace and advocated an expanded navy as a deterrent to military aggression. They propagated their ideas by writing for the Daily Mail, whose offers of payment they apparently refused. Writing for the Daily Mail would have been useful for Hyndman, Blatchford, and Quelch to develop their thinking during the war period as supporters of the socialist case in favor of military conscription.

Jonathan Davis discusses the reactions arising from two visits to Russia during wartime by the liberal journalist Morgan Philips Price and...

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