UK establishment feared conscientious objectors were the vanguard of revolution, research shows
October 1917 and the world is teetering on its axis. Revolution is in the air. In Russia, the Bolsheviks are about to overthrow the government. In Britain, crippling food shortages and the growing list of casualties following Passchendaele, and the Somme and Verdun battles of the previous year, are having a profound impact on public morale. People are war weary and there are fears that Britain might go the way of Russia if the socialist threat sweeps the country.
Into this maelstrom enters Lord William Cecil, the bishop of Exeter, with a controversial plan to stop the rot.
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