social movements

1940-1945: The Zazous

An account of the French anti-Nazi cultural youth movement who opposed the Vichy regime in occupied France. Influenced by jazz and swing they met in basement clubs and scuffled with fascists on the streets.

French youth against the Nazis

Anarchism in Argentina, 1897-1950

A short article with some information about anarchism in Argentina at its height in the early 20th century.


1993-1996: The Dublin fight against water charges

A short history of the successful direct action campaign of non-payment which prevented the imposition of charges for water in Dublin, Ireland.

Winning the water war

1986-1996: Anarchism in Turkey

A brief history of the still-young anarchist movement in Turkey.

The anarchist movement came to the political scene of Turkey not very many years ago. The publication of Kara a monthly magazine, was the starting point of anarchism in Turkey in 1986. Before the publication of this monthly magazine, there had not been any anarchist periodical or any anarchist circle which attempted to express itself.

1970-1978: The US prisoners' movement


Howard Zinn's history of the movement of US prisoners and supporters on the outside against poor conditions and ill-treatment.

The movement refelected the general upsurge in revolutionary activity in the US at the time

1916-1932: The fight for freedom of speech on Glasgow Green

Anarchist Guy Aldred (sixth from right) at a Spanish Civil War rally on Glasgow Green, late 1930s.

The history of the successful struggle to restore freedom of speech and assembly in one of Britain's oldest parks after it was banned in 1922.

Glasgow Green lies in the centre of the City, it is the oldest of Glasgow’s parks. Its origin lies in the Common Lands of the Burgh. Since the 1100s the area of the Green has been used for all manner of purposes from peat cutting, pasturing, slaughtering cattle, executions, walking, talking and playing.

1903-1981: Anarchism in Poland

Anarchists in Poland, 2002

An account of anarchist ideas and practice in Poland through the 20th century.

An anarchist movement of Narodnik (Russian anti-capitalist democratic activists of the late 19th century) and anarchist ideas from Russia and Western Europe came into existence at the turn of the 20th century.

1890-1924: Anarchism in Hungary

Hungary 1914

A history of the anarchist movement, and key anarchists in Hungary up until the aftermath of the 1918 Revolution.

In reaction to the pedestrian Hungarian Social-Democratic Party, founded in 1890, which constantly appealed to the bourgeoisie, often forming alliances with its progressive elements, emerged a far more radical anarchist current. Count Ervin Batthany became friends with Russian anarchist Peter Kropotkin whilst in London.

1872-1995: Anarchism in Chile

War planes bomb the presidential palace in 1973

Article by Chilean anarchists which details the history of the anarchist and workers' movements over the previous 130 years.

We begin in 1872, when the Chilean Section of the International Working Men's Association was established in Valparaiso, a major coastal city. Tragically, this was also the year of the anarchists' expulsion from the International, and the section was not destined to last for long.

1868-2000: Anarchism in Japan

1918 rice riots in Okayama

A history of the once-influential anarchist movement in the Japanese Islands in the 19th and 20th centuries.