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By Carissa Honeywell

A British Anarchist Tradition specializes in 3 modern British theorists and practitioners, Herbert learn, Colin Ward, and Alex convenience and appears at their interrelation, commonality, and collective impact on British radical thought.

The booklet goals to foster a better figuring out of anarchism as an highbrow reaction to twentieth century advancements and its impression on political idea and hobbies. For the 1st time, the paintings of those 3 writers is gifted as a practice, highlighting the consistency in their subject matters and issues. to take action, the e-book exhibits how they addressed the issues confronted via smooth British society, with transparent strains of political, literary, and highbrow traditions linking them. It additionally specializes in their contribution to the improvement of anarchist conceptions of freedom within the 20th century.

A British Anarchist Tradition identifies a space of anarchism that merits larger severe, scholarly recognition. Its particular and thorough learn will make it a necessary source for someone drawn to modern anarchist suggestion, political concept, and political movements.

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Read’s politics drew on his interpretation of a variety of sources. These included Henry David Thoreau, Georges Sorel and Edward Carpenter. The individualist left in Britain, which included Guild Socialism and the Nietzscheanism of figures like A. R. Orage, nurtured Read’s approach. Read was also conscious of the British literary tradition of socialism. ’3 To this native tradition of socialism, which included John Ruskin, William 32 A BRITISH ANARCHIST TRADITION Morris and Oscar Wilde, Read added his modernism and his unequivocal anarchism, drawing on its innate suspicion of militarism, industrialization and mass production.

Goodway Anarchist Seeds Beneath the Snow, pp. 261–2. 48. Richard Taylor, Against the Bomb: The British Movement 1958–1965 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988), p. 247. 1 As a statement of challenge this artwork assumes an awareness of the significance of Read’s contribution to art criticism. To date, no one has pulped any of Read’s political commentary, which has mostly been treated as an eccentric quirk of his promotion of novelty. However, Herbert Read was more than an art critic. He succeeded in drawing anarchist and British intellectual sources into a unique set of insights about the transformative potential of human experience in one particular incorruptible sphere: the human perception of beauty.

C. Darwin, The Descent of Man (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1909), p. 150 quoted in P. Kropotkin, Ethics: Origin and Development (Dorchester: Prism Press, 1924), p. 33. 27. G. Woodcock and I. Avakumovic, The Anarchist Prince (New York: Schocken Books, 1971), p. 420. 28. Barker, Political Ideas in Modern Britain, p. 83. 29. Reg Reynolds, War Commentary, June 1941. 30. David Edgerton, Warfare State: Britain, 1920–1970 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), p. 270. 31. Angus Calder, The People’s War (London: Cape, 1969); Paul Addison, The Road to 1945: British Politics and the Second World War (London: Cape, 1975); Kenneth Morgan, The People’s Peace: British History 1945–1989 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990), quoted in Edgerton, Warfare State, p.

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