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Making it to the platform : the involvement of women in the peace movement in Tasmania from the Crimean War to the end of the Vietnam War


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Furmage, Lorene 1993 , 'Making it to the platform : the involvement of women in the peace movement in Tasmania from the Crimean War to the end of the Vietnam War', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The thesis examines comments made by Marilyn Lake in relation to the
involvement of women in the referenda campaigns of World War 1. In
particular what role women played in the anti-conscription campaign, noting
if this involvement increased over the period of the second referendum.
From this point did the involvement of women in the peace movement
increase over the century and were women able to make it to the platform of
the peace debate. An investigation was made into the terms used to describe
different types of peace followers, and the distinction between pacifist and
pacificist was made, the different levels of involvement in the peace
movement were examined, as were the reasons why women become
involved in the pursuit of peace, and why women form their own peace
groups. The peace movement in Tasmania began in the 1830s with the
Quakers, gradually gaining strength with the formation of the Peace Society
in 1907. The first World War was a set back for the fledgling movement but
with union help it mounted a strong challenge to the conscription referenda.
The birth of the women's peace movement occurred at this time and
continued to gain strength until the thirties when it took the lead in the
movement, successfully gaining signatures for the Declaration against
Disarmament. With the rise in fascist aggression occurring in Europe,
Tasmanians began to lose confidence in the League of Nations Union as an
effective peace body. World War II was another blow to the peace
movement after which came concern about nuclear warfare particularly
during the 'cold war'. The Vietnam War saw the rebirth of the peace
movement, coinciding with the youth movement of the sixties, the resultant
mass movement for peace was unlike any demonstration against government
policy seen before. Women had been involved in the rise of the peace movement since Quaker
times. Their own group, W.I.L.P.F. is the oldest surviving peace group in
Tasmania. Though a pacifist group pursuing an educative role they have
supported the protests of the peace movement when appropriate. With the
women of this peace group and the Quakers rests the future of the peace
movement in Tasmania.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Furmage, Lorene
Keywords: Peace movements, Women and peace
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Thesis (M. Hum.)--University of Tasmania, 1994. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 105-113)

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