International Peace Campaign

Administrative / Biographical History

This campaign emerged in early 1936, following the Peace Ballot organised in Britain by Dame Adelaide Livingstone. Its Joint Presidents were Viscount Cecil and M. Pierre Cot, Air Minister in the French Popular Front government. The IPC aimed to co-ordinate the work of existing pacifist organisations and other groups opposed to war, and campaigned in support of the League of Nations on a policy of respect for treaty obligations, arms reduction and the peaceful resolution of conflict. After the outbreak of war, the campaign had difficulty sustaining its activities and was wound up in early 1941. Commander Edgar Young was an early member of the British National Committee and attended the first IPC gathering, the World Peace Congress, in Brussels in September 1936.

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