social movements

Working-class history: Anarcho-syndicalism on Merseyside

Extracts from the book Building the Union: Studies on the growth of the workers’ movement: Merseyside, 1756-1967 by Bob Holton about anarcho-syndicalism in the area in the early part of the 20th century.

The development of Merseyside as a seaport led [...] to the migration and settlement of many different nationalities and ethnic groups in the area, bringing with them experience of revolutionary movements elsewhere. Economic expansion not only meant the construction of dock and railway installations, but also the provision of commercial facilities to cope with expanding trade.

Anarchists and radicals in 1890s Patras

Brief chronology of revolutionary groups, movements, events and individuals in the Greek town of Patras.

In 1893 Socialistiki Adelfotita (Socialist Brotherhood) founded in Patras, which was not a coherent organisation, but a loose grouping of some socialists and progressives, many of whom were friends and followers of the famous Greek socialist of this time Plato Drakoulis. By some historians, Socialist Brotherhood was allegedly a continuation of the Democratic Club in 1870s.

The Federacion Anarquista Uruguaya: Crisis, armed struggle and dictatorship, 1967-85

PDF pamphlet of a history of the Federacion Anarquista Uruguaya (FAU). Founded in 1956 it was one on the strongest anarchist movements in Latin America. In the 1960s, it faced a rising tide of repression which would culminate in the military dictatorship of 1973-85. Ihe FAU is still active today.

Published by the Kate Sharpley Library


Madrid Metro strike, 2010.

Short article putting the popular assembly movement in the context of recent struggles in Spain against austerity.

Some context

Rabble rousers and merry pranksters: A history of anarchism in Aotearoa/New Zealand from the mid-1950s to the early 1980s

Complete PDF of the only full book on anarchist history in New Zealand by Toby Boraman.

Rabble Rousers and Merry Pranksters captures some of the imagination, the audacity, the laughs and the wildness that animated many of the social movements of the sixties and seventies in Aoteaora/New Zealand. During this time, particularly from the late sixties to the early seventies, an astonishingly broad-based revolt occurred throughout the country.

Italian anarchists in London, 1870-1914 - Pietro Dipaola

A history of the Italian anarchist movement in London by Pietro Dipaola. In PDF format.

Italian anarchism as a transnational movement, 1885-1915 - Davide Turcato

Academic essay on "the transnational dimension of Italian anarchism, by analysing its presence in the United States and worldwide, with special emphasis on the anarchist press."

Anarchism in Venezuela, past and present

This is a brief outline of the libertarian footprint in the history of Venezuela, prepared by members of the Collective Editorship of El Libertario. We hope that this serves as a useful point of reference for those who are interested in the subject.

The profile of anarchism in Venezuelan history has been less pronounced than in other parts of Latin America, where it has vigorously manifested itself through collective struggles, publications, personalities and ideological debate. It is, however, worth pointing out that it has also influenced our social and cultural evolution

About anarchist history in the Philippines

Some notes on the influence of anarchism and anarchists in the Philippines, written in 2004.

Anarchism was been a widespread political belief worldwide since the industrial revolution in Europe.

In East Asia we had histories of anarchist uprisings and anarchist movements that radically developed the political conciousness of the common people in Japan, China and Korea.

Anarchism in Indonesia

A 2010 interview with Indonesian anarchists about the anarchist movement there.

Can you tell us about the history of anarchism in Indonesia?