uprisings

The Chinese revolution 1925-1927

Strikers during the 1925 Hong Kong general strike

A short account of the mass struggles in China from 1925 up to the Shanghai insurrection of 1927 and its crushing by the nationalist forces of Chiang Kai-shek, who was supported by the Chinese Communist Party.

1733: The Slave Rebellion of St.John

The island of St.John was a Danish colony, in 1733 a group of Akwamu slaves rebelled and successfully captured the island and held it for several months. However their plan was to replace the Danish as masters of the island and to keep the non Akwamu Africans as slaves. As a result many slaves actively sided with the colonial powers that eventually defeated the Akwamu.

The German coast uprising of 1811

A modern painting of the 1811 revolt

A short history of possibly the largest slave uprising in the United States, in Louisiana in 1811, written by Rhae Lynn Barnes.

Dixie be damned: 300 years of insurrection in the American South - Neal Shirley and Saralee Stafford

Book detailing three centuries of slave and working class rebellion in the southern states of the US.

The May 18 Gwangju democratic uprising

Demonstrators gather in central Gwangju

A detailed account of the May 18 popular uprising in Gwangju, South Korea, against the dictatorship's declaration of martial law and for workers' rights in 1980.

Orange Tree Conspiracy: 1848

The page recounts how some London Chartists tried to organise an armed rebellion – known as the Orange Tree conspiracy – following the rejection of the third national petition for the Charter.

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.

Black rebellion: five slave revolts - Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Contemporary illustration of the Nat Turner Rebellion

Detailed histories of five important episodes of slave revolt, excerpted from a longer book called Travellers and Outlaws by abolitionist Thomas Wentworth Higginson, first published in 1889. Unfortunately it contains language and a perspective tainted by the widespread prejudice at the time, however we reproduce it in full for historical information only.

Ashton-under-Lyne rising of 1848

This account of the events of 14 August 1848, when an armed Chartist “National Guard” shot dead a police officer in the town of Ashton-under-Lyne is adapted from Herbert Davies’ chapter in Victorian Ashton (Tameside Libraries and Arts Committee, 1974).

Black people in the British empire: an introduction - Peter Fryer

British troops round up suspected Mau Mau resistance fighters

Acclaimed writer Peter Fryer exposes the exploitation and oppression of Britain's colonies, looks at grassroots rebellions and restores black people to their rightful place in Britain's history.