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Routledge Studies in Radical History and Politics


About the Series

The series Routledge Studies in Radical History and Politics has two areas of interest. Firstly, this series aims to publish books which focus on the history of movements of the radical left. ‘Movement of the radical left’ is here interpreted in its broadest sense as encompassing those past movements for radical change which operated in the mainstream political arena as with political parties, and past movements for change which operated more outside the mainstream as with millenarian movements, anarchist groups, utopian socialist communities, and trade unions. Secondly, this series aims to publish books which focus on more contemporary expressions of radical left-wing politics. Recent years have been witness to the emergence of a multitude of new radical movements adept at getting their voices in the public sphere. From those participating in the Arab Spring, the Occupy movement, community unionism, social media forums, independent media outlets, local voluntary organisations campaigning for progressive change, and so on, it seems to be the case that innovative networks of radicalism are being constructed in civil society that operate in different public forms.  

The series very much welcomes titles with a British focus, but is not limited to any particular national context or region. The series will encourage scholars who contribute to this series to draw on perspectives and insights from other disciplines.

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Willi Münzenberg: Fighter against Fascism and Stalinism

Willi Münzenberg: Fighter against Fascism and Stalinism

1st Edition

John Green
December 03, 2019

Willi Münzenberg was a towering figure in the anti-fascist movement during the first half of the twentieth century. He was acquainted with many of the leading left wing activists and thinkers of his day including Lenin, Rosa Luxemburg, Karl Liebknecht, and Karl Radek. He also played a foundational...

Orwell Reconsidered

Orwell Reconsidered

1st Edition

Stephen Ingle
October 28, 2019

George Orwell has had a profound influence on modern politics and culture. He is regularly invoked as an authority by journalists, commentators and politicians, and his works speak with increasing relevance to our polarised and media-saturated society. Stephen Ingle explores Orwell’s character, his...

Left Radicalism and Populism in Europe

Left Radicalism and Populism in Europe

1st Edition

Giorgos Charalambous, Gregoris Ioannou
August 13, 2019

While there has been much focus in recent times on the rise of right-wing populism in Europe, there has been surprisingly little material on the phenomenon of left-wing populism. This edited collection seeks to fill that gap with an investigation of the relationship between the radical left and...

Cultural Protest in Journalism, Documentary Films and the Arts: Between Protest and Professionalization

Cultural Protest in Journalism, Documentary Films and the Arts: Between Protest and Professionalization

1st Edition

Daniel H. Mutibwa
February 28, 2019

Cultural Protest in Journalism, Documentary Films and the Arts: Between Protest and Professionalisation entails a comprehensive account of the history and trajectory of contemporary journalistic, (documentary) film, and arts and cultural actors rooted (partially or wholly) in radical, alternative,...

Contemporary Left-Wing Activism Vol 1: Democracy, Participation and Dissent in a Global Context

Contemporary Left-Wing Activism Vol 1: Democracy, Participation and Dissent in a Global Context

1st Edition

John Michael Roberts, Joseph Ibrahim
December 21, 2018

Within many societies across the world, new social and political movements have sprung up that either challenge formal parliamentary structures of democracy and participation, or work within them and, in the process, fundamentally alter the ideological content of democratic potentials. At the same...

Contemporary Left-Wing Activism Vol 2: Democracy, Participation and Dissent in a Global Context

Contemporary Left-Wing Activism Vol 2: Democracy, Participation and Dissent in a Global Context

1st Edition

Joseph Ibrahim, John Michael Roberts
December 20, 2018

Within many societies across the world, new social and political movements have sprung up that either challenge formal parliamentary structures of democracy and participation, or work within them and, in the process, fundamentally alter the ideological content of democratic potentials. At the same...

Hybrid Media Activism: Ecologies, Imaginaries, Algorithms

Hybrid Media Activism: Ecologies, Imaginaries, Algorithms

1st Edition

Emiliano Treré
December 11, 2018

This book is an extensive investigation of the complexities, ambiguities and shortcomings of contemporary digital activism. The author deconstructs the reductionism of the literature on social movements and communication, proposing a new conceptual vocabulary based on practices, ecologies,...

The Far Left in Australia since 1945

The Far Left in Australia since 1945

1st Edition

Jon Piccini, Evan Smith, Matthew Worley
October 12, 2018

The far left in Australia had significant effects on post-war politics, culture and society. The Communist Party of Australia (CPA) ended World War II with some 20,000 members, and despite the harsh and vitriolic Cold War climate of the 1950s, seeded or provided impetus for the re-emergence of...

Migrant Britain: Histories and Historiographies: Essays in Honour of Colin Holmes

Migrant Britain: Histories and Historiographies: Essays in Honour of Colin Holmes

1st Edition

Jennifer Craig-Norton, Christhard Hoffmann, Tony Kushner
August 16, 2018

Britain has largely been in denial of its migrant past - it is often suggested that the arrivals after 1945 represent a new phenomenon and not the continuation of a much longer and deeper trend. There is also an assumption that Britain is a tolerant country towards minorities that distinguishes...

The Lesbian Revolution: Lesbian Feminism in the UK 1970-1990

The Lesbian Revolution: Lesbian Feminism in the UK 1970-1990

1st Edition

Sheila Jeffreys
August 15, 2018

The Lesbian Revolution argues that lesbian feminists were a vital force in the Women’s Liberation Movement (WLM). They did not just play a fundamental role in the important changes wrought by second wave feminism, but created a powerful revolution in lesbian theory, culture and practice. Yet this...

Scabs and Traitors: Taboo, Violence and Punishment in Labour Disputes in Britain, 1760-1871

Scabs and Traitors: Taboo, Violence and Punishment in Labour Disputes in Britain, 1760-1871

1st Edition

Thomas Linehan
May 08, 2018

In its broadest sense, this book is concerned with the attempt by workers in Britain during the period 1760–1871 to engage in collective action in circumstances of conflict with their employers during a time when the nation and many of its traditional economic structures and customary modes of...

Contemporary Trotskyism: Parties, Sects and Social Movements in Britain

Contemporary Trotskyism: Parties, Sects and Social Movements in Britain

1st Edition

John Kelly
March 22, 2018

Almost 80 years after Leon Trotsky founded the Fourth International, there are now Trotskyist organizations in 57 countries, including most of Western Europe and Latin America. Yet no Trotskyist group has ever led a revolution or built an enduring mass, political party. Contemporary Trotskyism...

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