1 Feb 2009

A Pack of Hoons - Conscientious Objectors in New Zealand History

From Ideas, 11:05 am on 1 February 2009

Could war be ended by ordinary people simply refusing to kill? And why do governments so often respond to those who refuse to be conscripted by throwing them in prison - or torturing them as happened to some of the New Zealanders who refused to take part in the First World War?

Interview One: Historian David Grant talks about his book Field Punishment No.1: Archibald Baxter, Mark Briggs and New Zealand's anti-militarist tradition (Steele Roberts).

Interview Two: John Baxter grandson of pacifist Archibald Baxter whose book We Will Not Cease describes being subjected to the No.1 Field Punishment referred to in the title of David Grant's book.