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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 impact on British radical thought.

The e-book goals to foster a better figuring out of anarchism as an highbrow reaction to twentieth century advancements and its influence on political proposal and hobbies. For the 1st time, the paintings of those 3 writers is gifted as a practice, highlighting the consistency in their issues and issues. to take action, the booklet exhibits how they addressed the issues confronted by way of sleek British society, with transparent strains 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 better severe, scholarly consciousness. Its designated and thorough study will make it a precious source for an individual drawn to modern anarchist notion, political idea, and political movements.

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Read worked as assistant keeper in the Department of Ceramics at the Victoria and Albert Museum from 1922. His 1928 work Staffordshire Pottery Figures emphasized the higher aesthetic worth of the home-produced figures made according to the spontaneity and direct impulses of the labouring craftsman, as measured against the mass-produced porcelain figures of the nineteenth century. The active visual sense awakened in Read by this experience with plastic arts was to form a significant role in his thinking.

For this underpinning, Read drew on classical anarchist insights about natural or organic order and by his work and example shaped and developed that tradition. The evidence of his intellectual and practical efforts to sponsor, develop and defend anarchism in Britain urges the historian of anarchist ideas and the student of British social and intellectual history to look past his paradoxical acceptance of a knighthood to recognize the even more surprising evidence of anarchist commitment in Britain among some persuasive and influential voices.

His persistent defence of modernism in the visual arts and his announcement in favour of an anarchist politics were parts of his search for sources of renewal in response to a civilization that he saw debasing itself by violence, war and homogeneity. His work mediated artistic and political conceptions of progress, presenting a uniquely political approach to aesthetic avant-gardism. Read’s politics drew on his interpretation of a variety of sources. These included Henry David Thoreau, Georges Sorel and Edward Carpenter.

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