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

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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 applicat...more
Paperback, 420 pages
Published December 12th 2011 by PM Press (first published 2006)
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Joshua Buhs
This is a confused book, studded with some interesting nuggets. For those approaching it for the first time, the best choice is to read the introduction, and then skip to different chapters that look interesting. The conclusion only adds to the confusion.

The problem is that Goodway has to points to make, and they work against each other. On the one hand, he wants to highlight a submerged intellectual tradition in British thought--what he calls Left Libertarianism, or anarchy. On the other hand,...more
David Spencer
Really stellar scholarship, solid footnotes and a section for bibliographies in the back that have me feverish with bibliophilic desire. I learned about many of the spotlighted left libertarian thinkers for the first time in this collection (Wilde, Orwell and Huxley I knew quite well, and I had great familiarity with Emma Goldman and George Woodcock, who aren't focused on per se, but are used to highlight quite a lot of the information here) and I fell in love with each crusty old British writer...more
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British historian and a respected international authority on anarchism and libertarian socialism. Gained a doctorate under Eric Hobsbawm and taught for a number of years at Leeds University.
More about David Goodway...
For Anarchism: History, Theory, And Practice Herbert Read Reassessed Anarchist Seeds beneath the Snow For Anarchism (Rle Anarchy) For Anarchism (RLE Anarchy): Volume 2 (Routledge Library Editions Anarchy)

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