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 effect on British radical thought.
The booklet goals to foster a better knowing of anarchism as an highbrow reaction to twentieth century advancements and its impression on political suggestion and pursuits. For the 1st time, the paintings of those 3 writers is gifted as a convention, highlighting the consistency in their topics and matters. to take action, the e-book exhibits how they addressed the issues confronted by way of glossy British society, with transparent strains of political, literary, and highbrow traditions linking them. It additionally specializes in their contribution to the advance of anarchist conceptions of freedom within the 20th century.
A British Anarchist Tradition identifies a space of anarchism that merits larger serious, scholarly cognizance. Its particular and thorough examine will make it a beneficial source for an individual attracted to modern anarchist proposal, political thought, and political movements.
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Extra resources for A British Anarchist Tradition: Herbert Read, Alex Comfort and Colin Ward
Hulme attacked romanticism in particular for propagating this dangerous conception of convention-breaking dynamic spontaneity. Against Hulme’s view, Read came to see the romantic emphasis on the emotional and intuitive content of art as crucial to the modernist regenerative task. His emphasis on the significance of the English romantic tradition of poetry was central to this challenge. Read’s reassessment of the English romantic tradition in the course of his literary criticism led him to a unique synthesis of the romantic vision of the artist as the pioneer of society’s forward direction and the classical emphasis on form as symbolizing essential verities.
54 He celebrated the formal precision, harmony and proportion of their work, and also the emotional and intuitive content of their attempts to create works of absolute and permanent beauty. Modern art had taken this abstract turn, he claimed, because modern man had been made aware of chaos and ugliness by mechanization and war. Read found in the sculptor Henry Moore in particular the champion for his view of modern art. He was also, for Read, an exemplar of the unity of the English tradition and contemporary movements in art.
Angus Calder, The People’s War (London: Cape, 1969); Paul Addison, The Road to 1945: British Politics and the Second World War (London: Cape, 1975); Kenneth Morgan, The People’s Peace: British History 1945–1989 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990), quoted in Edgerton, Warfare State, p. 287. 32. Edgerton, Warfare State, p. 290. 33. Paul Addison ‘The Road from 1945’, pp. 5–27 in Peter Hennessy and Anthony Seldon (eds), Ruling Performance: British Governments from Attlee to Thatcher (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1987), p.
A British Anarchist Tradition: Herbert Read, Alex Comfort and Colin Ward by Carissa Honeywell