The vapourings of empty young men? Legacies of their hostility between 1916 and 1918 in British newspaper treatment of conscientious objectors during the German blitzkrieg and invasion scare of 1940

Luckhurst, Tim (2015) The vapourings of empty young men? Legacies of their hostility between 1916 and 1918 in British newspaper treatment of conscientious objectors during the German blitzkrieg and invasion scare of 1940. Journalism Studies, 17 (4). pp. 475-489. ISSN 1461-670X. E-ISSN 1469-9699. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/1461670X.2015.1071196) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

In both world wars, British governments depicted tolerance of conscientious objectors as an example of their respect for the principle of individual liberty and contrasted their stance with that of Britain’s enemies. Simultaneously, ministers faced an urgent need to conscript manpower. These conflicting demands presented a dilemma for newspapers. Should they demonstrate editorial independence from state and majority opinion through balanced coverage of this most divisive issue, or should they act as cheerleaders for the patriotic cause? Part of a project to present case studies of newspaper treatment of significant political controversies during the Second World War, this paper considers the reporting and analysis of conscientious objection in a structured sample of British newspapers between Monday, 6 May 1940 and Friday, 14 June 1940. It seeks to identify echoes of prejudices displayed during the First World War in journalism published during this most desperate period of the Second.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: conscientious objectors; conscientious objection; newspapers; First World War; Second World War
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Centre for Journalism
Depositing User: Tim Luckhurst
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2015 11:33 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2017 14:02 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/48022 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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