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Nathaniel Hawthorne: Every warlike achievement involves an amount of physical and moral evil

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts American writers on peace and against war Nathaniel Hawthorne on war: Drinking out of skulls till the Millennium Nathaniel Hawthorne: How glorious it would have been if our forefathers could have kept the country unspotted with blood! Nathaniel Hawthorne: Slaughter’s way. No laurel wreath can wake […]

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Horace Walpole: I wish there were an excuse for not growing military mad

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts British writers on peace and war Horace Walpole: Selections on war and peace ==== Horace WalpoleFrom his correspondence We are going to send many more troops thither; and it is so much the fashion to raise regiments, that I wish there were such a neutral kind of […]

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Nathaniel Hawthorne: How glorious it would have been if our forefathers could have kept the country unspotted with blood!

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts American writers on peace and against war Nathaniel Hawthorne on war: Drinking out of skulls till the Millennium Nathaniel Hawthorne: Slaughter’s way. No laurel wreath can wake the silent dead. ==== Nathaniel HawthorneFrom Grandfather’s Chair What with recruiting and drilling of soldiers, there was now nothing but […]

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C. S. Lewis: The folly and danger of noble and humanitarian war

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts British writers on peace and war ==== C. S. LewisFrom The Four Loves Rulers must somehow nerve their subjects to defend them or at least to prepare for their defence. Where the sentiment of patriotism has been destroyed this can be done only by presenting every […]

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Horace Walpole: We peaceable folks are now to govern the world

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts British writers on peace and war Horace Walpole: Selections on war and peace ==== Horace WalpoleFrom his correspondence (1761) You may frown if you please at my imprudence, you who are gone with all the disposition in the world to be well with your commander; the peace […]

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John Erskine: Dedication

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts American writers on peace and against war ==== John ErskineDedication When imperturbable the gentle moonGlides above war and onslaught through the night,When the sun burns magnificent at noonOn hate contriving horror by its light,When man, for whom the stars were and the skies,Turns beast to rend […]

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William Morris: The role of soldiers and how they will disappear

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts British writers on peace and war William Morris: No man knew the sight of blood William Morris: Protecting the strong from the weak, selling each other weapons to kill their own countrymen William Morris: War abroad but no peace at home ==== William MorrisFrom lectures on art […]

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C. P. Snow: Their day is done

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts British writers on peace and war C.P. Snow: Selections on war ==== C. P. SnowFrom The Light and The Dark The news glared at him – for his melancholy was the melancholy of his nature, but it had drawn him into the horror of war. Most […]

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Russia Celebrates Fyodor Dostoevsky’s 200th Birthday

Fyodor Dostoevsky: Selections on war Russia Celebrates Fyodor Dostoevsky’s 200th Birthday Virtually every city and province is honoring the writer. On this day in 1821, Fyodor Dostoevsky was born in Moscow into the family of an army doctor  who worked at a hospital for the poor. After finishing school in Moscow, Dostoevsky joined the army […]

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Hervey Allen: Dragon’s Breath

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts American writers on peace and against war Hervey Allen: Hands off our dead! To war orators. ==== Hervey AllenDragon’s Breath We held the last stone wall – when day was red –They crept like morning shadows through the dead,The flammenwerfer with their dragon’s breathCompressed in nippled […]

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