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

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PM Press, Nov 1, 2011 - Political Science - 434 pages
From William Morris to Oscar Wilde and George Orwell, left-libertarian thought has long been an important but neglected part of British cultural and political history. In this detailed study, David Goodway seeks to recover and revitalize that indigenous anarchist tradition. This book succeeds as both a cultural history of left-libertarian thought in Britain and an application of that history to current politics. The author argues that a recovered anarchist tradition could—and should—be a touchstone for contemporary political radicals. Moving seamlessly from Aldous Huxley and Colin Ward to the war in Iraq, this challenging volume will energize leftist movements throughout the world.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
William Morris and the background 18801920
15
3 Edward Carpenter
35
4 Oscar Wilde
62
His lifephilosophy and individualist anarchism
93
6 The Spanish Revolution and Civil War and the case of George Orwell
123
The impact of Emma Goldman and Spain
149
8 Herbert Read
175
11 Alex Comfort
238
12 Nuclear disarmament the New Left and the case of EP Thompson
260
13 Christopher Pallis
288
14 Colin Ward
309
15 Conclusion
326
Afterword
339
Bibliography
367
Index
414

9 War and pacifism
202
10 Aldous Huxley
212

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David Goodway is a British social and cultural historian who has written principally on anarchism and libertarian socialism for 20 years. He is the editor of For Workers' Powers and various other collections.

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