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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 effect on British radical thought.

The booklet goals to foster a better knowing of anarchism as an highbrow reaction to twentieth century advancements and its effect on political idea and activities. 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 booklet indicates how they addressed the issues confronted by means of sleek British society, with transparent traces of political, literary, and highbrow traditions linking them. It additionally makes a speciality of 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 precise and thorough examine will make it a priceless source for somebody drawn to modern anarchist inspiration, political conception, and political movements.

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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.

50 The artist saw ‘not only the object immediately before him, but . . 53 The interpretation of modernism as the synthesis of reason and emotion that Read developed was most explicitly represented in his responses to the work of 1930s Hampstead modernists. The synthesis he performed, and its application to this group, was central to his political project. The modern artists for whom Read held out particular hope for cultural renewal were the abstract modernists with whom he became intimately connected, most notably the sculptors Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, but also the painter Ben Nicholson.

27 In the preface to his collection of wartime poetry and prose, Naked Warriors, Read felt he spoke with the ‘ethical rage’ of the generation with whom he had been compelled to participate in ‘ghastliness and horror’ and ‘inhumanity and negation’ when he resolved to formulate a ‘cleaner and more direct realization of natural values’. 28 While on leave from the front, Read had become drawn into the literary and artistic world of London figures Frank Rutter, Ezra Pound, Percy Wyndham Lewis, the Sitwells and T.

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