Red Clydeside: A history of the labour movement in Glasgow 1910-1932


Militarism, 1915

by J. Bruce Glasier

image from Red Clydeside collection

The author of this pamphlet, J. Bruce Glasier, was a pioneer of the British socialist movement and a founding member of the Independent Labour Party (ILP). The pamphlet was written in 1915 as part of the ILP's Labour and War pamphlet series, and is a strong condemnation of Britain's involvement in the first world war.

In 1882 Glasier joined the Marxist Social Democratic Federation but left in 1885 to join the newly formed Socialist League. However in 1893 Glasier and his wife Katherine joined the recently formed ILP. Glasier became chairman of the party in 1900.

Glasier was a strong opponent of British involvement in the first world war and was very critical of socialists who took part in recruitment meetings or encouraged hatred of the German people. John Bruce Glasier died on July, 1920.

Source: Gallacher Memorial Library, Glasgow Caledonian University Special Collections and Archives