‘Peace Camping: A history’ by Michael Waugh

Review by Rita March

Close-up of book cover. | Photo: Michael Waugh.

In his many years of campaigning against nuclear weapons, Michael Waugh has taken part in a large number of Peace Camps, some well known and some barely known beyond the activist community. He has established a reputation for encyclopaedic knowledge of the peace movement, which has led him to put his experiences into print. He covers briefly the pacifist gatherings of the late 1930s, important in that they established the principle of nonviolent direct action. His book is an outstanding tribute to the determination of an ever-increasing group of indomitable individuals, intent on bringing to public notice the expansion of the so-called ‘defence’ industry with its growing reliance on nuclear arms.

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