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Bristol Radical History Group

Bristol Radical History Group seeks to uncover the hidden histories of Bristol and the West Country and to challenge commonly held ideas about historical events. The group attempts to approach this history from ‘below’ by examining the actions and perspectives of those involved rather than the views of the contemporary establishment histories.

Established in 2006, BRHG has hosted over 90 events, attended by several thousand people and has published over 30 pamphlets on topics varying from piracy and anarchism to poaching and John Locke.

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  • #9 Nicotiana Britannica

    Four centuries ago a group of farmers from the West of England decided to see if they could make a living for themselves by growing tobacco. This put them at odds with the English state and its imperial ambition to build a merchantile economy driven by indentured and slave labour. This is their story of resistance. Fair-trade home-grown tobacco? Put that in yer pipe and smoke it!

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  • Refusing To Kill: Bristol's World War I Conscientious Objectors

    Over 580 men from the Bristol area refused to fight in World War 1. They claimed the status of conscientious objector (CO) for moral, religious or political reasons. Some agreed to take non-military roles while others spent much of the war in prison, often under harsh conditions. Learn More
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  • #44 Men Of Fire: Work, Resistance and Organisation of Bristol Gasworkers in the Nineteenth Century

    The emergence of ‘New Unionism’ in 1889, and the accompanying outburst of strikes across the country, was one of the most extraordinary and significant events in trade union history. Tens of thousands of ‘unskilled’ labourers, men and women, struck work, demanding an immediate improvement in their working conditions. In Bristol, gasworkers were at the helm of this revolt. Learn More
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  • #45 Mabel Tothill: Feminist, Socialist, Pacifist

    June Hannam’s pamphlet examines the life and work of Mabel Tothill (1869 – 1964), Quaker peace campaigner, socialist and Bristol’s first woman councillor. It reveals how this committed social activist was part of a complex network of individuals and organisations working to improve the lives of Bristol women and men. Learn More
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  • #42 Ring Out The Thousand Years of Old: The Forest of Dean World War One Conscientious Objectors

    During World War One, 28 men from the Forest of Dean sought recognition as conscientious objectors rather than be called up to fight. This is the story of these men, the options available to them, the way they responded and what they did after the war. Learn More
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  • #39 Lady Blackshirts: The Perils of Perception - Sufragettes who Became Fascists

    During the 1930’s a small group of ultra-nationalistic women, who considered themselves feminists, joined Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists.  Surprisingly some of these women were former high ranking members of the suffragette movement.

    This work examines the political and social tensions that confronted women in the 1930’s.  Exploring issues that were so profound, that some women were drawn into the world of the fascist political elite, and became ‘militant women citizens’ advocating and endorsing fascism.

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  • #38 The Smoke-Dragon and How to Destroy it

    Edward Carpenter (1844-1929) was one of the most progressive thinkers and writers and activists of the late-19th, early 20th centuries. He was an early supporter of the Bristol Socialist Society and paid regular visits to the city. Now remembered and celebrated mostly for his support for libertarian socialism and gay politics, he also took up ‘green’ causes.

    His serialised essay on the subject, ‘The Smoke-Dragon and How to Destroy it’, which first appeared in The Clarion in 1894, has never been republished until now.

    Here ‘The Smoke-Dragon’ is accompanied by Stephen E. Hunt’s new essay on this unexplored area of Carpenter’s work.

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  • The Enigma of Hugh Holmes Gore Bristol’s Nineteenth Century Christian Socialist Solicitor (BRHG book)

    The Anglo – Catholic convert to the left, Hugh Holmes Gore, was a key figure in Bristol’s labour movement during the last two decades of the nineteenth century. Gore linked Clifton Christian Socialists, morally concerned about the poverty and suffering caused by economic depression, with the working class revolutionaries in the Bristol Socialist Society. Learn More
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  • #1 Cry Freedom, Cry Seven Stars: Thomas Clarkson In Bristol, 1787 (2nd Edition)

    This pamphlet looks at how the histories of the Seven Stars pub and the abolition movement are intertwined and also some of the remarkable coincidences that link the name 'Seven Stars' with the slave trade. During 1787 abolitionist Thomas Clarkson started his research into the slave trade in Bristol and with the help of the landlord of the Seven Stars, gathered crucial evidence to condemn the trade. Learn More
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  • All the BRHG pamphlets

    Buy the complete collection of BRHG pamphlets, numbers 1-46. Please note that number 33 has yet to be published. Learn More
    £195.50

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