English Civil War

The English Revolution, 1640

Illustration of levellers in discussion

Christopher Hill's Marxist analysis of the English civil war and revolution in the 17th century, published in 1940.

From a representation of the army

A short appeal by The Levellers for Parliament to adopt a number of political reforms and address the grievances of the army.

An agreement of the people - John Wildman

A short appeal from army regiments under the sway of the Levellers for peace and political reform to more equally distribute power within England.

The law of freedom in a platform - Gerrard Winstanley

Set out in 1652, this is Winstanley's vision for a future without money or such extreme laws of private property as we have today. Winstanley was aware that the English Civil War meant a consolidation of power for the Merchant Classes and Landowners and he - quite rightly - predicted the misery and corruption to come.

Levellers, True Levellers, and the Diggers of 1649

An incomplete dramatisation of the founding of the True Levellers or the "Diggers" and their first agrarian commune.

A true account of the New Model Army - Paul Z. Simons

New Model Army soldier

An account of the New Model Army and its links with the Revolutionary movements unleashed by the English Civil War.

A shadow of glorious (though strange) good things to come: The Ranters and libertarian communism in the English civil war

An image commemorating the Diggers

An examination of the Ranters, one of the most radical groups to emerge during the English Civil War. Taken from issue 74 of Organise!, the Anarchist Federation's magazine.

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 short history of radical puppetry - Kerry Mogg

Anti-WTO demonstrator, 1999

A short history of puppets, puppeteers and working class politics from the English Civil War to the streets of Seattle in 1999.

The Diggers - Lewis H. Berens

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