By Carissa Honeywell

ISBN-10: 1441190171

ISBN-13: 9781441190178

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 publication goals to foster a better figuring out of anarchism as an highbrow reaction to twentieth century advancements and its impression on political idea and pursuits. For the 1st time, the paintings of those 3 writers is gifted as a convention, highlighting the consistency in their topics and issues. to take action, the e-book exhibits how they addressed the issues confronted through glossy 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 better serious, scholarly realization. Its particular and thorough study will make it a worthy source for someone attracted to modern anarchist proposal, political conception, and political movements.

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24. 34. Angus Calder, The Myth of the Blitz (London: Jonathan Cape, 1991), p. 15. 35. Edgerton, Warfare State, p. 1. 36. Edgerton, Warfare State, pp. 292, 1, 13, 287, 13. 37. Edgerton, Warfare State, pp. 4, 290, 292. 28 A BRITISH ANARCHIST TRADITION 38. Ridel, War Commentary, mid-January, 1942. 39. George Woodcock, Letter to the Past: An Autobiography (Canada: Fitzhenry and Whiteside Ltd, 1982), p. 267. 40. Goodway Anarchist Seeds Beneath the Snow, p. 202. 41. Goodway Anarchist Seeds Beneath the Snow, p.

Intuition of this creative kind was also for Bergson, and for Read, the root of the creative process. Bergson argued that the creative energy he associated with the intuitive and emotional temperament of artists, a dynamic energy or vital force he termed élan vital, played an important role in the evolution of the species. ’46 This view led him into deep conflict with his friend and rival cultural commentator T. S. Eliot over the possibility of rehabilitating British culture through art. 48 Read became the proponent of an interpretation of modernism which emphasized the feeling behind abstract art and its relationship to the indigenous romantic tradition.

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.

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