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Cotters and squatters: housing's hidden history

Diggers illustration

Colin Ward's Cotters and Squatters explores the story of squatter settlement in England and Wales: from our cave-dwelling recent ancestors to the Diggers and on the industrial revolution; and from twentieth-century mass squatting to modern claims that The Land is Ours.

Sicilian Fasci movement, 1893-4

Leaders of the Fasci, on trial, 1894

A short overview of the radical, socialistic Fasci movement of peasants and agricultural labourers in Sicily in the late 19th century.

A short history of enclosure in Britain

Countryside illustration by Clifford Harper

Simon Fairlie describes how the progressive enclosure of commons over several centuries has deprived most of the British people of access to agricultural land. The historical process bears little relationship to the “Tragedy of the Commons”, the theory which ideologues in the neoliberal era adopted as part of a smear campaign against common property institutions.

1975-83: Maori New Zealanders Occupy Golf Course in Struggle for Tribal Lands

In the 70's Maori groups began a series of occupations to reclaim their tribal lands. The occupation of the Raglan golf course, a former burial site was an eight year struggle with the New Zealand government.

Resistance Issue 161, Autumn 2016

Autumn 2016 edition of the Anarchist Federation's publication Resistance.

Paternalism and rural protest: the Rebecca riots - Lowri Ann Rees

Contemporary illustration of the Rebecca rioters

A detailed analysis and account of the Rebecca riots in south-west Wales, 1839-1843, examining the interests of different classes at the time.

The Wave Hill walk-off, 1966-1975

Wave Hill strikers

A short history of the Wave Hill, or Gurindji, strike, when aboriginal agricultural workers walked out for equal pay and then lodged a claim for the land they worked on. They remained out for an incredible nine years, and were eventually given back a proportion of the land.

The rich at play: foxhunting, land ownership and the Countryside Alliance

The Rich at Play - Foxhunting, land ownership and the Countryside Alliance

Published in 2002 this small book looks at the links between the then upcoming ban on hunting with hounds, landownership and class relations in the British countryside. Written at a time when the 'Countryside Alliance' were receiving a lot of media coverage the text aims to debunk the idea that fox hunting is solely an animal rights issue and is instead directly related to rural class relations. Written by Red Star Research, Published by Revolutions Per Minute.

Land grabs in contemporary China

land grab

Translation of article summarizing original research about land grabs in China since the 1990s, concluding that this ongoing expropriation of peasants is more severe and violent than the peak of Britain's enclosures in the early 19th century.

Land occupations continue in Durban

Martha Chofe & her son with the remains of her home, Cato Crest

South African shack dwellers' movement Abahlali baseMjondolo report on the illegal eviction of shacks in an occupied settlement by municipal authorities.