Quakers are working with others to expose and challenge the new tide of militarism in Britain.

Militarism is the belief that a country should maintain a strong military capability and be prepared to use it aggressively to defend or promote national interests. This makes the world less, not more secure. Investment should be channelled into the humanitarian, peace building and development efforts that will wither the roots of war and build true security.

Get involved


    Take Action on Militarism

    This pack is a toolkit for action. With inspiring case studies and campaign guides, Take Action on Militarism will help you challenge the normalisation of war in policy, the media, education and across society.

    Take action on militarism

    If you'd like some ideas on how to take action on militarism, have a look at the new Take action on militarism pack (PDF) we've produced with the organisation ForcesWatch. It includes tips and ideas for action, background information and case studies.

    Hard copies of the pack can be requested from the Quaker Centre Bookshop: quakercentre@quaker.org.uk or 020 7663 1030.

    War School: The battle for Britain's children

    Launched in November 2018, this film from Pow Productions takes a closer look at militarisation in Britain, featuring Veterans for Peace UK, Forces Watch and other key voices. Visit the War.School website to find out about screenings or to host your own.

    War schools website

    The new tide of militarisation

    Militarism has existed in Britain for a long time but in the last few years there has been an increase in the promotion of militarism across areas of civil society. This includes education, services for young people and initiatives such as the creation of Armed Forces Day.

    However, many people are not aware that militarisation is happening in Britain. Even fewer know that there is a government strategy behind it. Quakers in Britain are engaged in a wider conversation about militarisation, aiming to increase public awareness and scrutiny of this worrying development.

    The new tide of militarisation briefing reveals this strategy to increase public support for (and willingness to pay for) the military, to make recruitment easier, and to stifle opposition to unpopular wars. We encourage you to use the briefing as a starting point for discussion in your local meeting.

    Resource: The Unseen March

    The Unseen March is a short film from Quakers in Britain. It brings together voices from education, the armed forces, and public life, and questions the creeping militarisation of schools. Send it to a friend to help spread awareness of the issue.

    Our partners

    Quakers in Britain works closely with other organisations challenging militarism.

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    Contact us

    Sahdya Darr
    Peace & Disarmament Coordinator
    020 7663 1108