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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
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
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,
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Dec 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I read this book solely for the discussion on JC Powys contained in Chapters 6 and 8 (and in the Afterword) - which, as the writer notes, is a lot of space to cover a writer considered minor by most. While it was interesting, and I certain appreciated the fondness for JCP's writing (which I obviously share), JCP's individual anarchism is really more libertarian than anarchistic (I wouldn't call JCP politically anarchistic, even later). Given its overtones, I think it's an unfortunate word to buc ...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.
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