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I DON’T BELIEVE IN MURDER: THE BOOK

Monday 12th February, 1-2pm

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‘I Don’t Believe in Murder’: Standing up for peace in World War I Canterbury published by Canterbury University Press in 2023, tells the story of the conscientious objectors, the peace workers, including several leading women, and the young men who resisted militarism and war before, during and after World War I in Canterbury.

 

In this presentation Margaret will give an overview of the book with a focus on the city of Christchurch itself. Why did it have such a reputation for being the home of faddists and eccentrics and how did these same faddists contribute to Christchurch becoming the leading peace city in Aotearoa New Zealand? She’ll draw attention to some of the city’s buildings and spaces where peace actions and streetcorner meetings took place, and where crowds gathered to protest; to attend military board hearings and court martials and to protest against the cost of living and the recruitment of married men.

 Margaret was the lead researcher and writer for the Voices Against War website launched in 2016 (www.voicesagainstwar.nz) and has previously published books on local, regional and women’s history.