1600s

Pirate utopias: Under the banner of death, 1640-1820

An interesting look at the life and times of pirates in the 17th and 18th centuries. This article explores the somewhat libertarian and communalist values which guided the life of a pirate during those years.

1680-1730: Pirates and Anglo-American piracy in the Atlantic

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A short history of the Golden Age of Piracy and the origins and role of the pirates in the class struggle on the high seas at the time.

1642-1652: The Diggers and the Levellers

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A history of the radical movements the Diggers and the Levellers which sprung up around the English Civil War.

A Declaration From the Poor Oppressed People of England

A declaration from the poor oppressed people of England, directed to all those that call themselves, or are called Lords of Manors, through this nation; That have begun to cut, or that through fear and covetousness, do intend to cut down the Woods and Trees that grow upon the Commons and Waste Land.

Printed in the Yeer, 1649.

The Diggers - Lewis H. Berens

Chapter IV from The Digger Movement In The Days Of The Commonwealth, by Lewis H. Berens.

The True Levellers Standard Advanced

A printable pamphlet version of The True Levellers Standard Advanced.

Presented in PDF format (80kb).

The True Levellers standard advanced - Gerrard Winstanley

The rousing 1640s communist vision of Gerrard Winstanley & The Diggers...

Gerrard Winstanley: 17th Century Communist at Kingston - Christopher Hill

A lecture delivered at Kingston University in 1996 by the great historian of the English Civil War on the subject of Gerrard Winstanley; a founder of the Diggers, visionary, land squatter and early communist pamphleteer.