John Bruce Glasier’s Independent Labour Party held its 21st anniversary conference just four months before war broke out. The conference was attended by socialists from across Europe, and a commemorative certificate was produced depicting workers marching fraternally underneath the flags of each of the global superpowers, celebrating the Socialist International.
Despite its anti-war position, the International collapsed on the outbreak of war when most of its constituent parties supported their governments.
Over by Christmas. December 16. See the 2014 Advent calendar on the SC&A website.
In commemoration of the centenary of the First World War, Manuscripts and more will feature a weekly series of short comments on the war drawn from contemporary letters and diaries in Special Collections and Archives. Until the end of September 2014, you can also see original materials as part of the ‘Over by Christmas: Life in Liverpool during the First World War‘ exhibition at the Victoria Gallery & Museum and in the Sydney Jones library.