THE LIBERAL WAR COMMITTEE AND THE LIBERAL ADVOCACY OF CONSCRIPTION IN BRITAIN, 1914–1916*

@article{Johnson2008THELW,
  title={THE LIBERAL WAR COMMITTEE AND THE LIBERAL ADVOCACY OF CONSCRIPTION IN BRITAIN, 1914–1916*},
  author={Matthew D Johnson},
  journal={The Historical Journal},
  year={2008},
  volume={51},
  pages={399 - 420}
}
  • Matthew D Johnson
  • Published 1 June 2008
  • History, Political Science
  • The Historical Journal
ABSTRACT The advent of conscription in Britain in 1916 was greeted with profound dismay by many in the Liberal party. At Westminster, however, a significant minority of Liberal MPs, who were members of the Liberal War Committee (LWC), were amongst the most enthusiastic advocates of compulsory service, from a surprisingly early stage in the war. It has usually been assumed that those Liberals who embraced conscription were effectively abandoning their progressive principles, and moving to… 
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