By Carissa Honeywell
A British Anarchist Tradition makes a speciality of 3 modern British theorists and practitioners, Herbert learn, Colin Ward, and Alex convenience and appears at their interrelation, commonality, and collective effect on British radical thought.
The ebook goals to foster a better figuring out of anarchism as an highbrow reaction to twentieth century advancements and its influence on political proposal and pursuits. For the 1st time, the paintings of those 3 writers is gifted as a convention, highlighting the consistency in their topics and matters. to take action, the booklet exhibits how they addressed the issues confronted through glossy British society, with transparent strains of political, literary, and highbrow traditions linking them. It additionally makes a speciality of their contribution to the advance of anarchist conceptions of freedom within the 20th century.
A British Anarchist Tradition identifies a space of anarchism that merits larger severe, scholarly cognizance. Its special and thorough examine will make it a helpful source for somebody drawn to modern anarchist proposal, political idea, and political movements.
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Additional info for A British Anarchist Tradition: Herbert Read, Alex Comfort, and Colin Ward
In essence, the elements of his anarchist mediation between unique individuality and social solidarity were in place by the close of war in 1918. The emphases on freedom, subjectivity, spontaneity and community that he drew from the anarchist tradition guided his aesthetic endeavour as a political project of renewal. 15 It has been noted that the influence of the Russian émigré Kropotkin on British radicals should be understood as a domestic rather than an imported influence. Kropotkin lived, wrote and established the Freedom Press in Britain, and he was in personal contact with British radicals of the era including Carpenter and Morris.
What is less well recognized is the much wider scope of his attack on war and post-war politics and society, and the anarchist political philosophy from which his challenge to politics and culture emerged. Comfort’s anarchism was the key characteristic that bound together his social, scientific and political projects. His ideas also form an essential part of the story of the twentieth-century development of a British anarchist tradition and the role it has played in later twentieth-century dissonant political thought.
337. 18. See Anarchy 7, 1972, and 22, 1977, discussed in Martin Ceadel, Thinking about Peace and War (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987), p. 150. 19. Rodney Barker, Political Ideas in Modern Britain (London: Methuen and Co. , 1978), pp. 7–10. 20. Barker, Political Ideas in Modern Britain, pp. 48, 49. 21. W. H. Greenleaf, The British Political Tradition Volume II. The Ideological Heritage (London and New York: Methuen, 1983), p. 415. 22. Greenleaf, The British Political Tradition Volume II, p.
A British Anarchist Tradition: Herbert Read, Alex Comfort, and Colin Ward by Carissa Honeywell