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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Beyond Austerity</span>Beyond Austerity
By Stuart Holland

Beyond Austerity argues that the European Union already has the means to finance the equivalent of the Roosevelt New Deal, which saved the US from Depression in the 1930s, without needing either fiscal federalism or 'ever closer union'. This is highly relevant to the referendum on British membership of the EU. How can Europe's economic recovery be accomplished? The European Investment Bank and the European Investment Fund can issue Eurobonds that do not count on the debt of EU member states, nor need national guarantees, nor require fiscal transfers between Germany and Greece or any other countries. Heads of state and government in the European Council have the right to define 'general economic policies' that the European Central Bank is obliged to support. The European Commission has displaced this important capacity, although the structure for European recovery was carefully assembled by Jacques Delors, its former President, in conjunction with the author during the 1990s. Who will make the first move beyond austerity and start to put Europe back to work?

Contents: Introduction; Chapter One: Democracy in Question; Chapter Two: Learning Up from the New Deal; Chapter Three: The Case for a Social Europe; Chapter Four: The Feasibility of a European New Deal; Chapter Five: Beyond a German Europe; Chapter Six: Regaining the Case; Annex: A Modest Proposal for Resolving the Eurozone Crisis; Glossary; Biographical Note; Endorsements of Europe in Question


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ISBN: 978 0 85124 8547
156 pages | Paperback


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Corbyn's Campaign</span>Corbyn's Campaign
Edited by Tom Unterrainer
With Contributions from Umaar Kazmi, Abi Rhodes, Ben Sellers, Christine Shawcroft, Tony Simpson, Nadia Whittome, Adele Williams, Chris Williamson, plus Jeremy Corbyn

Defying all expectations, Jeremy Corbyn was elected Labour Leader with a resounding mandate. His campaign re-wrote the rules of British politics by mobilising tens of thousands of supporters both within and outside the Party. The 'Corbyn for Leader' campaign, a radical social movement reflecting aspects of the new left across Europe, and Corbyn's ultimate victory provide the rarest of opportunities to redefine the Labour Party and socialism for a new generation.

Corbyn's Campaign tells the story of Jeremy's victory and articulates the opportunities for a renewal of socialism in Britain. Contributors were active - at both national and local levels - throughout the leadership campaign, and continue to be so as a new politics unfolds.

Chris Williamson, Labour MP for Derby North, lost his seat by 41 votes at the 2015 General Election. Chris is a regular contributor to Tribune and spoke on behalf of Jeremy Corbyn's campaign at meetings across the country.

Ben Sellers of Red Labour blogs at the World Turned Upside Down; Radical Thinking from the North East.

Christine Shawcroft is a long-serving member of the Labour Party's National Executive Committee, and contributes to Labour Briefing.

Adele Williams is Secretary of the Sherwood Branch Labour Party in Nottingham East and a trade union administrator.

Tony Simpson edits The Spokesman, the journal of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, and is a member of UNITE.

Tom Unterrainer teaches maths and is compiling a political bibliography of Ken Coates, who helped establish the Institute for Workers' Control.

Abi Rhodes is a writer and reviewer for the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, a student of Critical Theory and Politics, and is a member of UNITE.

Reviews
Richard Price, February 2016
Mike Phipps, February 2016
Andreas Bieler, 28 January 2016
John Daniels, 25 January 2016



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104 pages
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8516
Paperback
Available Jan 2016


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>My 'War'</span>My 'War'
By Robert A. Hinde

As soon as he could, at the age of seventeen, Robert Hinde volunteered for the RAF. After a frustratingly long period of training, he was assigned to Coastal Command, where he became a pilot flying Catalina and then Sunderland flying boats.

Upon his release in January 1946 he went to St. John's College, Cambridge to read Natural Sciences (Zoology). He then went to Oxford (Balliol College and the Zoology Department), where he did field work towards a D. Phil. under the guidance of David Lack and the newly arrived Niko Tinbergen. In 1950 he returned to St. John's College and the Zoology Department in Cambridge, where he helped William Thorpe establish an Ornithological Field Station (later named the Sub-Department of Animal Behaviour) in Madingley. Robert was awarded a Royal Society Research Professorship in 1963, and he set up an MRC Unit on the Development & Integration of Behaviour in 1971. From 1989-1994 he was Master of St. John's College, Cambridge.

After the war, Robert became heavily involved in peace movements, particularly the Movement for the Abolition of War and the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs.


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A4 size | 40 pages
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ISBN: 978 0 85214 8554


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Underwater Battlespace</span>Underwater Battlespace
The Spokesman 131
Edited by Tony Simpson

Tony Simpson - Editorial
Cdr Robert Green - Force for good?
Lawrence S. Wittner - Downwinders and other Casualties
Jonathan Steele - New Cold War?
Jenny Clegg - China, Britain and Labour
Jeremy Corbyn MP - Labour Movement
Len McCluskey - ‘So far as may be lawful’
Frances O’Grady - Architect or Bee?
Jo Vellacott - Suffragette
Richard Minns - ‘Economy’ no more?
Gregory Woods - Life History
A. C. Clarke - Missing

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100 pages | A5 size
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8530


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Think Globally, Act Locally</span>Think Globally, Act Locally
The Spokesman 128
Edited by Tony Simpson

Tony Simpson - Editorial
Richard Sakwa - Europe’s Civil War
Ken Coates - Common Home
Tony Simpson - Russia’s Poetry
Ken Coates - From a mob to a movement
Peter Maurer - Red Cross Alert!
David Krieger - Conversion of the Heart
Alexis Tsipras - Reparations Unpaid
Loula Vlahoutsikou Giannakopoulou - Our Breath of Life
Frances O’Grady - Gifts from Greece?
Trevor Griffiths - Comedians
Stanton B Garner Jr - ‘Something as ugly as this joke’
Benedict Cooper, Zenn Athar & Ursula Holdsworth - Save our NHS
Caroline Salzedo - I Love This Body
Jo Vellacott - Conscientious Objection

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106 pages | A5 size
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8479


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Substandard – Eyewitness reports Trident</span>Substandard – Eyewitness reports Trident
The Spokesman 129
Edited by Tony Simpson

Tony Simpson - Editorial
Cdr Robert Green - Out of its Depth
AB William McNeilly - Trident at Sea
John Ainslie - Substandard
Alex Salmon MP et al - Trident in Question
General Lee Butler interviewed by Robert Kazel - Uncommon Cause
Frances O’Grady - Educate, Agitate, Organise!
Tony Simpson - Better Idea
Tom Unterrainer - Discovery
In Memoriam: Michael Barratt Brown
Michael Barratt Brown - Solidarity from Below
Malcolm Ball - Northern College
Victoria Bawtree - A Personal Tribute
Stan Newens - Purposeful Life

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132 pages | A5 size
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8486


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Trident Undone</span>Trident Undone
The Spokesman 127
Edited by Tony Simpson

Tony Simpson - Editorial
Commander Robert Green RN (retired) - Paradigm Shift
Jeremy Corbyn MP & Julian Lewis MP - The Politics of Trident
Shannon N. Kile & Hans M. Kristensen - ‘Mingled Asset Ownership’
Robert Green - Why I rejected nuclear deterrence
Einstein and Russell
Andy Worthington - Remember Guantánamo
Alexis Tsipras, interviewed by Haris Golemis - Syriza and Europe
Lord Byron - The Curse of Minerva
Stuart Holland - Realising Europe’s recovery proposals
Alastair Crooke - Looking ahead
John Kinsella - Pilgrimage
Tom Unterrainer - The 1970s
Yuri Larin’s Space
Anna Larina - Reunion with Yura
John Kinsella - Secular Contemporary Hermit Song

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116 pages | A5 size
ISBN: 978 0 85124 845 5


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Conscientious Objection: Bertrand Russell</span>Conscientious Objection: Bertrand Russell
and the Pacifists in the First World War
By Jo Vellacott

'I am glad to have this book become available again, virtually unchanged, but with a new title to emphasise the role of the Conscientious Objectors. Although this story of the No-Conscription Fellowship (NCF) focuses on Bertrand Russell’s contribution, it has been recognised as contributing to an understanding of how the NCF was made up, how it worked, its successes and failures, and dissensions within it, particularly over the acceptability of various forms of alternative service and of political action in the cause of peace ...

Russell’s first few months in the No-Conscription Fellowship had qualities which could not last, and could never be replicated. A particular kind of companionship comes when we work closely with a few others in a crisis situation, and Mephy (Russell’s nickname), CA (Clifford Allen) and CEM (Catherine Marshall) had it in abundance during the early months of the implementation of the Military Service Act. Russell later forgot the intensity and the joy of the experience, but he left it on record in his letters to Ottoline Morrell.’
Jo Vellacott


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340 pages
Paperback
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8424


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Even unto Gaza</span>Even unto Gaza
The Spokesman 126
Edited by Tony Simpson

Tony Simpson - Editorial
Richard Falk - Preventing the crime of indifference
Eran Efrati - The killing of Salem Khalil Shammaly
Mohammed Omer - What happened in Khuza’a
Ahdaf Soueif - The world on notice
Russell Tribunal on Palestine - Gaza under attack: Summary of findings
John Gittings - Who started the First World War?
Bertrand Russell - A Pacifist at War
John Daniels - Africa Genocide
Tony Simpson - NATO – NO, TA!
Saskia J Stuiveling & Ellen M A van Schoten - NATO’s modest steps
David Vine - Ice Cream
Mike Cooley - Insulting Machines
Ray Perkins, Jr - Chrome Dome

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126 pages | A5 size
ISBN: 978 0 85124 843 1


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Europe in Question: - ePUB</span>Europe in Question: - ePUB
and what to do about it
By Stuart Holland

'Stuart Holland on Europe is akin to Thomas Paine on the French Revolution combined with John Maynard Keynes on the Economic Consequences of the Peace. At a preciously young age, he persuaded Charles De Gaulle to agree to Britain's second application to join the European Economic Community. As an advisor to Jacques Delors he designed solutions to Europe's current problems decades before they even surfaced. Now, with Europe in Question - and what to do about it he offers a new generation of readers unique insights on how Europe can be fixed - as well as warnings that it may not be.'
Yanis Varoufakis
Professor in Economics University of Athens and Visiting Professor LBJ School of Government University of Austin Texas.

Yanis Varoufakis is co-author with James K. Galbraith and Stuart Holland of The Modest Proposal 4.0 of which former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard has commented:

"It neither is modest by ambition nor in intelligence. Its aim is to resolve the Eurozone crisis without directly confronting the sovereignty of any major state, and notably not that of Germany. It combines awareness of room for manoeuvre displaced by monetary authorities for decades and affirms that there can be solutions within existing institutional frameworks."

Europe in Question elaborates this case in The Modest Proposal by an author who was the architect in the 70s of Labour's economic programmes, then a Labour member of parliament, and has been an adviser since the 1960s to European heads of state and government as well as to the ETUC, the European Parliament and the EU Social Partners Economic and Social Committee.

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Nirupam Sen - Feb 2016

Nuno Martins on 20 July 2015, Amazon


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ISBN: 978 0 85124 835 6
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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>The Machine and the Worker</span>The Machine and the Worker
By Alfred Barratt Brown

'This is one of the most interesting, informative and insightful books I have encountered on this topic. It is both cautionary and inspirational …

Although it was published in 1934 when the author was Principal of Ruskin College, Oxford, its great strength is that it still provides a multidisciplinary framework in which to consider how to progress further the matters addressed. It shows the need to campaign for socially useful systems in an era of exponential technological change, when the gap between technology's potential and its reality becomes a yawning chasm.

Those initiating technological change usually provide an account of its positive features only. History shows, however, that it is a double-edged affair, a form of Faustian exchange. The author deals deftly with this by providing a sort of balance sheet of the gain and losses of such systems …

This is indeed a tour de force and is written in a form that makes it not only accessible but a delightful read. It should be widely read and discussed, not least in departments of engineering and design, as works of this kind are surely as important as mathematical or machine theory.

The Barratt Brown family are to be thanked for making this book available for republication, and Spokesman Books should also be thanked for making it a reality.'

Mike Cooley, from his new foreword

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216 pages | Paperback
ISBN: 978 0 85124 838 7
Published Oct 2014


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>A Pacifist at War</span>A Pacifist at War
Letters and Writings 1914-1918
By Bertrand Russell
Edited by Nicholas Griffin

‘The outbreak of the First World War in August 1914 dramatically changed almost everything in Bertrand Russell's life. It was the War that made him a public figure and ensured that henceforth philosophy would only occasionally prevail over politics for his attention ... Unlike so many who went enthusiastically to war in the summer of 1914, Russell knew the War would be a disaster. Nor did he share the general British opinion that Germany was entirely responsible. He thought the secret diplomacy of the Liberal administration under Sir Edward Grey, which had entangled Britain in a series of alliances to defend continental countries against aggression, shared a good deal of the responsibility. He had, moreover, no doubts at all that it was his public duty to oppose the War ... The War made him a popular figure among pacifists and those on the Left who were opposed to it, but it made him persona non grata with the Government, including many of his erstwhile allies in the Liberal establishment (though not with his lover, Ottoline Morrell and her husband, who remained staunchly supportive of the pacifists). The costs to Russell of opposing the War were high. The government fined him, confiscated his passport, placed him under surveillance, banned him from certain parts of the country, and eventually jailed him. He was viciously attacked in print and in person and, on at least one occasion, physically assaulted. He lost his job at Cambridge, his academic career, and many of his former friends. During the War he was dependent on his brother for providing him a place to live and when it ended he was broke, jobless, and exhausted. None of this caused him to waver for a moment in his unrelenting opposition.'

Nicholas Griffin
McMaster University, Canada

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'The introduction to the book as a whole, and particularly to individual letters, is very fine, as to be expected from its editor, Nicholas Griffin (editor of Russell's collected papers of the period). The choice of his writings (as distinct from letters) could not be bettered in the space given to them; readers might have preferred these to have been expanded at the cost of fewer of his letters. However, these provide a fascinating insight both into his emotional life and entanglements of the period, and to his participation in the anti-war struggle. His fascinated and fascinating encounters with D.H.Lawrence are particularly well illustrated. As a whole, the collection is a much needed extension to his Autobiography, and as the only reasonably priced way into the vast treasury of his papers of the period, is a must for his admirers, and an education for our time.'
Chris Bratcher


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218 pages | Paperback
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8370


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Rough Violence</span>Rough Violence
The Spokesman 125
Edited by Tony Simpson

Tony Simpson - Editorial
Alastair Crooke - Islamic State
Vladimir Putin - How I see it
Ray McGovern - China, Russia and Ukraine
Diana Johnstone - Iron Curtain Reprise
Gabriel Kolko - NATO: Expanding or Exploding?
Ben Thompson - His Master’s Voice
Hugo Radice - Warwick University Ltd
Ron Rose - How the world works
Lucy Gill & Chris Carter - Warwick University Ltd 40 years on
Michael Barratt Brown - Education and Democracy
Accounting for Orgreave
Trevor Griffiths - Thatcher’s Children
Nick Matthews - Co-operation Halted?
Khatchatur I Pilikian - Genocide
Nicole Morris, Bernard Dréano, Abi Rhodes - Peace Event Sarajevo
Dave Webb - The sun rose in the west

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136 pages | A5 size
ISBN: 978 0 85124 839 4


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Warwick University Ltd</span>Warwick University Ltd
Industry, Management and the Universities

Edited by E. P. Thompson

In February 1970, students occupying the Registry at Warwick University uncovered evidence of secret political surveillance of staff and students. There followed not only fierce debates within the university on issues of governance and democracy, but also a legal battle as the administration tried to stop the press from publishing the documentary evidence, and wider public debate on the purpose and values of university education. Warwick University Ltd will be of great interest to today's activists, because the conflict at Warwick clearly prefigures current struggles over the subordination of higher education to commercial goals, as well as political surveillance, policing, the use of legal injunctions, press freedom and business corruption. This edition includes a new introduction prepared by some of the original contributors, highlighting the links between then and now.

Review
Andrew McGettigan - Radical Philosophy Jul/Aug 2014


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194 pages
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8295


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Unmasking Austerity - ePUB</span>Unmasking Austerity - ePUB
Opposition and Alternatives in Europe and North America
By Dexter Whitfield

Unmasking Austerity: Opposition and Alternatives in Europe and North America exposes how austerity policies have fuelled the fire of recession rather than stimulating growth. It identifies key lessons from organising and action against such policies, and urges a rethink of trade union, community and social movement strategies to overcome austerity. Unmasking Austerity examines the deeper causes of the financial crisis, and exposes the manufactured crises which are being used to dismantle hard-earned labour rights and the welfare state.

A radical alternative strategy includes economic stimulus, reconstruction of public services, faster fundamental reform of banks and financial markets, the elimination of corporate welfare that enriches big business, and strategies to increase labour's share of national income.

Reviews
Sebastian Schipper, Bauhaus-University Weimar - IJURR, Vol.39 Number 3 May 2015

Edward Dingwall - Red Pepper, September 2015

Public Services International - June 2014

Dave Putson - Independent Socialist Networks
May 2014


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ISBN: 978 0 85124 8325
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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Unmasking Austerity</span>Unmasking Austerity
Opposition and Alternatives in Europe and North America
By Dexter Whitfield

Paperback edition.

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Sebastian Schipper, Bauhaus-University Weimar - IJURR, Vol.39 Number 3 May 2015

Edward Dingwall - Red Pepper, September 2015

Public Services International - June 2014

Dave Putson - Independent Socialist Networks
May 2014


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ISBN: 978 0 85124 8417
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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Lambrakis and the Peace Movement</span>Lambrakis and the Peace Movement
The Greek May of 1963
By Panos Trigazis

'Grigoris Lambrakis was an exuberant personality, a courageous and ardent fighter for peace, democracy and social justice. We walked together in 1963 on the great march from the atomic weapons facility in Aldermaston to London, where we got to know each other, and I became a profound admirer of his passion for peace.

That visit to London to take part in the Aldermaston march gave me an opportunity to meet the great British philosopher Bertrand Russell, leader of the British anti-nuclear movement and consistent supporter of the Greek people's struggle for democracy and national independence, as is shown clearly in this book …

This book is a significant contribution to commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Lambrakis … Its message is the need for constant vigilance and struggle in the cause of peace, which is fragile in our region, especially at the crucial geopolitical crossroads of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, as shown by the tragic carnage in Syria.'
MANOLIS GLEZOS


Panos Trigazis is SYRIZA's co-ordinator for international relations and peace, a leading member of the European Network for Peace and Human Rights, and president of the Observatory of International Organisations and Globalisation (PADOP).


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100 pages illustrated
Paperback
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8332


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>Problems of NATO</span>Problems of NATO
The Spokesman 124
Edited by Tony Simpson

Tony Simpson - Editorial
Zhores and Roy Medvedev - Ukraine and Crimea
Russ Bellant and Paul H Rosenberg - Secret Ukraine
Victoria Nuland and Geoffrey Pyatt - Biden's Willing
John Pilger - The Strangelove Effect
Catherine Ashton and Urmas Paet - Whose snipers in Kiev?
Jeremy Corbyn MP - Problems of NATO
Moazzam Begg - Why they took my passport
Tony Benn - I am no historian
Alexis Tsipras MP - Another Europe
John Markakis - Whither Greece?
Bruce Kent - War against War
Ian Fairlie - UK Energy Policy?
Tony Simpson - END revisited
Keith Howden - Let this Frame Stand

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John Gittings - World War One Watch


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124 pages | A5 size
ISBN: 978 0 85124 834 9


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<span style='font-size: 14px;'>WAR against WAR!</span>WAR against WAR!
By Ernst Friedrich
Foreword by Bruce Kent

Originally published in Germany on 1st May 1924, this classic pictorial record of the First World War has long been hard to obtain.

'War Against War! is one of the most shocking books I have ever seen. As much a series of photographs as a book, it first appeared in 1924, the work of Ernst Friedrich, an anarchist, socialist, internationalist and peace worker.

Friedrich's aim was to make people understand what war actually means, and the horrors it inflicts on people and, indeed, on animals. Gruesome are the photos of maimed men with their faces blown half away. How did those wretched war victims get through the rest of their lives? Hidden in some home? We do not even know their nationalities: just human beings who went through the horrors of a war which should never have been fought.'
Bruce Kent

Cover: Ernst Friedrich addresses German soldiers in Berlin's Siegesallee, calling them to revolution.

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In August 2011, the photographer Craig Ritchie wrote an article about WAR against WAR!, he says: 'The German pacifist anarchist, Ernst Friedrich, ... produced one of the first (and arguably, still the best) photographic attempts at scrutinising warfare in his seminal photobook, WAR against WAR! Since its publication in 1924 there have been as many as a million copies in circulation, translated into forty languages.'

For the full article visit: http://craigritchie.co.uk/archives/2581

Gabriel Carlyle - Peace News, August 2014

Steve Andrew - Morning Star, 4 August 2014

Paul Mason - The Guardian, 23 Nov 2014

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248 pages | Paperback
200 b/w photos and drawings from the First World War
Commentary in four languages
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8318


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