Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts.

This Selection has been prepared by Rick Rozoff.

Amiel on war

Leonid Andreyev: The Red Laugh

Henri Barbusse: Under Fire

Ambrose Bierce: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

James Boswell: On War

Randolph Bourne: The War and the Intellectuals

Georg Brandes: An Appeal Against Wholesale Murder

Bertolt Brecht: German Miserere

Homo homini lupus: William Cowper on war and man’s inhumanity to man

Stephen Crane: War Is Kind

Austin Dobson: Before Sedan

John Dos Passos: Three Soldiers

1862: Dostoevsky on the new world order

Georges Duhamel: The Fleshmongers, War’s Winnowing Basket

Eça de Queiroz: Afghanistan

Erasmus: The Complaint of Peace

Fichte: The inexorable law of universal peace

Anatole France on war

Vsevolod Garshin: Four Days

Maxim Gorky on Romain Rolland, war and humanism

William Hazlitt: Systematic patrons of eternal war

Alexander Herzen: War and “international law”

William Dean Howells: Spanish Prisoners of War

Victor Hugo: The Face Of Cain, Hunters Of Men, Sublime Cutthroats

William James: The Moral Equivalent Of War

Samuel Johnson on war

Ellen Key: Overcoming the madness of a world at war

Karl Kraus: The Last Days of Mankind

Richard Le Gallienne: The Illusion of War

Sinclair Lewis: It Can(‘t) Happen Here

Livy: On the political utility of starting unprovoked wars

Jack London: War

Lucan: Over all the world you are victorious and your soldiers die

Roger Martin du Gard: From Nobel Prize in Literature speech

Edgar Lee Masters: The Philippine Conquest

Herman Melville: Trophies of Peace

Nikolai Nekrasov: In War

Alfred Noyes: The Wine Press

Wilfred Owen: Arms and the Boy and Disabled

Arthur Rimbaud: Evil

Romain Rolland: Above The Battle

George Santayana on war and militarism

Juvenilia: Percy Bysshe Shelley on war

Robert Southey: The Battle of Blenheim

Jonathan Swift on war

Tolstoy: Two Wars and Carthago Delenda Est

Kurt Tucholsky: The White Spots

Paul Vaillant-Couturier: The Song of Craonne

Edward Young: Draw the murd’ring sword to give mankind a single lord

Arnold Zweig: Education Before Verdun

Articles by: Rick Rozoff

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