Men who Said NO
on conscientious objection and related issues

Conscientious Objection is a topic that excites huge interest in students of all ages. It supports and provokes debate among historians and the general public touching on many different topics. Saying "No" to war, what it means to be a citizen, the nature of courage and the relationship between the state and the individual all prove to be fascinating topics that can encourage students to develop their critical thinking and reasoning skills.
These worksheets have a number of aims:
- To get students to think about Conscientious Objection from the history and narrative of anti-war resistance in the First World War, to what Conscientious Objection meant and what it can mean in the world today.
To examine original sources for historical information and how these have been used to support different views and perspectives on Conscientious Objection
- To give students a feel for the complexity of the Great War and the scale of its impact on those who fought in it and those of us affected by its legacy today.
- The Worksheets are intended to provide a resource that encourages a flexible, enquiry-based approach with a focus on evaluation and interpretation. Each pack suggests a number of ways for students to communicate their ideas on the subject and can be quickly adjusted to fit many National Curriculum subjects.

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Trials and Tribulations is the first of a new series of worksheet looking at conscientious objection from a variety of perspectives and using original sources to illustrate the issues.
Trials and Tribulation Worksheet pdf
Trials and Tribulations Teacher's notes
Trials and Tribulations Sources

Walter Hohnrodt's story complements Trials and Tribulations by focusing on an individual conscientious objector.

Walter Hohnrodt Worksheet
Walter Hohnrodt Teacher's notes
Walter Hohnrodt Sources

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‘Repeal the Act' is a series of documents that explore censorship, propaganda and protest during the First World War.
Repeal the Act Worksheet pdf
Repeal the Act Teacher's Notes
Repeat the Act Sources


The Tribunal looks at the exciting story of an illegal and underground newspaper published from 1916-1920. The worksheet investigates censorship, protest and pacifism through the articles, design and even fonts used in the weekly paper “The Tribunal”.
The Tribunal Worksheet pdf
The Tribunal Teacher's Notes
The Tribunal Sources
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World religions: War and Peace is a very brief summary of what the world's major religions say about war and peace. This summary provides an overview of the links between religion and war and as such represents an introduction to what could be a subsequent more detailed analysis.

Nonviolence in World War Two provides in depth consideration of the little know story of non-violent resistance to the Nazi occupation in Norway and Denmark. It also looks at the non-violent resistance of students, women and Christians to Nazi oppression in Germany.




Ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances can show us that even in the darkest of times it is possible to resist the call to war.
Here are the stories of men who in the First World War who resisted the propaganda, the peer pressure and the full and sometimes brutal force of the state and refused to take part in war: the killing of strangers - of men like themselves.
Ideal for use in class with a range of supplementary teaching and study notes.

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