Anarchist Seeds Beneath the Snow: Left-libertarian Thought and British Writers from William Morris to Colin Ward

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Liverpool University Press, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 401 pages
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From William Morris to Oscar Wilde to George Orwell, left-libertarian thought has long been an important but neglected part of British cultural and political history. In Anarchist Seeds beneath the Snow, David Goodway seeks to recover and revitalize that indigenous anarchist tradition. This book succeeds as simultaneously a cultural history of left-libertarian thought in Britain and a demonstration of the applicability of that history to current politics. Goodway argues that a recovered anarchist tradition could - and should - be a touchstone for contemporary political radicals. Moving seamlessly from Aldous Huxley and John Cowper Powys to the war in Iraq, this challenging volume will energize leftist movements throughout Britain and the rest of the world.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Anarchism and libertarian socialism in Britain William Morris and the background 18801920
15
Edward Carpenter
35
Oscar Wilde
62
John Cowper Powys I His lifephilosophy and individualist anarchism
93
The Spanish Revolution and Civil War and the case of George Orwell
123
John Cowper Powys II The impact of Emma Goldman and Spain
149
Herbert Read
175
Aldous Huxley
212
Alex Comfort
238
Nuclear disarmament the New Left and the case of EP Thompson
260
Christopher Pallis
288
Colin Ward
309
Conclusion
326
Bibliography
339
Index
382

War and pacifism
202

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David Goodway is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Leeds. Previous publications include 'London Chartism, 1838-1848' (Cambridge University Press: 1982,2002), 'For Anarchism: History, Theory, and Practice' (ed. 'Routledge:1989) and 'Herbert Read Reassessed' (ed. Liverpool University Press:1998).

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