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Anarchist history: confessions of an awkward pupil - Barry Pateman

Barry Pateman

An excellent article by Barry Pateman about how it feels to be unearthing anarchist history, how it feels to be viewed as part of this history and the complex nature of past anarchist movements.

To spread the revolution: anarchist archives and libraries - Jessica Moran

Kate Sharpley Library bookfair stall: three people beneath a red and back banner

Notes on why anarchists have created libraries (past and present) and some of the challenges they face, drawing on a survey of current anarchist libraries, anarchist history, and the author's own experiences at the Kate Sharpley Library.

The Anarchist Expropriators by Osvaldo Bayer [Review]

cover image for The Anarchist Expropriators by Osvaldo Bayer

Brief review of Osvaldo Bayer's account of Argentina's anarchist expropriators of the 1920s and 1930s.

“Nameless in the crowd of nameless ones…” : Some thoughts on The Story of A Proletarian Life, by Bartolomeo Vanzetti, 1923

Ninety-one years on and Vanzetti still has much to offer me. I am thankful I have had the chance to read him and I am thankful to him for his words that have always encouraged me to think, question and act.

An Appeal to the Young: Some thoughts on a best seller

A response to Kropotkin's classic pamphlet, discussing its strengths and limitations

Review: La Nueve: 24 August 1944. The Spanish Republicans who liberated Paris - Evelyn Mesquida

Review from the Kate Sharpley Library of a book devoted to the involvement of one group of Spanish exiles in the second world war.

Thoughts on local anarchist newspapers in 1980s Britain

The Kate Sharpley Library have just had a donation of some 1980s local anarchist newspapers (all from north west England).

Ned Kelly's ghost: the Tottenham IWW and the Tottenham tragedy - John Patten

The police station where Duncan was killed

An account of a little-known but tragic episode in the history of the Australian Industrial Workers of the World union. In September 1916, a police constable in Tottenham was murdered. In December, two IWW members were hanged for it. This pamphlet tells their story.

Personal recollections of the anarchist past - George Cores

A personal account of episodes in the life of a little-known anarchist militant and shoe-maker from Leicester, George Cores, 1869-1949, who was involved in the Socialist League.

Unknown heroes: biographies of anarchist resistance fighters - Miguel Garcia

A set of short biographies of anarchists who fought in the guerrilla resistance against General Franco's military dictatorship in the wake of the Spanish Civil War.