Anarchist Seeds Beneath the Snow

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Anarchist Seeds Beneath the Snow

Left-Libertarian Thought and British Writers from William Morris to Colin Ward


October 1st, 2006

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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.

Author Information

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).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
1: Introduction13
2: Anarchism and libertarian socialism in Britain: William Morris and the background, 1880-192027
3: Edward Carpenter47
4: Oscar Wilde74
5: John Cowper Powys I: His life-philosophy and individualist anarchism105
6: The Spanish Revolution and Civil War - and the case of George Orwell135
7: John Cowper Powys II: The impact of Emma Goldman and Spain161
8: Herbert Read187
9: War and pacifism214
10: Aldous Huxley224
11: Alex Comfort250
12: Nuclear disarmament, the New Left - and the case of E.P. Thompson272
13: Christopher Pallis300
14: Colin Ward321
15: Conclusion338