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  • #16 Anglo-Saxon Democracy

    A popular misconception amongst the general public is that the Anglo-Saxon period was a low point in the history of what is now England; a short period in which human development made a backward step.

    Yet the Anglo-Saxon period, and particularly the period up to about AD800, in fact created a society that, for its time, may well have been amongst the most democratic and civilised of that in Europe, and even beyond.

    This pamphlet examines Anglo-Saxon history through the lens of democracy and society.

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  • #19 Bread Or Batons?: Unemployed Workers' Struggles in 1930s Bristol

    Within the context of the current financial downturn, it seems apt to look back at Bristol in the period of the last 'great depression' in the 1930s to see what was occurring. There are numerous parallels with today in this text; from cuts in poor relief and public services; a collaborationist and emasculated Labour opposition; to the brutal policing of demonstrations and a corrupt and reactionary media. In all this misery, however, the commitment and actions of unemployed Bristolians shine out giving us both hope as well as lessons learned. Learn More
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  • #20 Ben Tillett

    Ben Tillett was a working class Bristolian, born in Easton in 1860, who was a tireless activist, eventual MP and creator of the first unions for unskilled workers. This pamphlet explores Tillett's life and the role of this important, but often overlooked, working class figure in the history of Bristol and working class politics more generally. Learn More
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  • #15 Votes For Ladies: The Suffrage Movement 1867–1918

    The Suffragettes are widely seen as the pinnacle of Women's radical action in the early Twentieth Century. However, was the organisation and aims of this movement as radical as the means used to try to obtain it?

    Were the Suffragettes alone in the struggle for female emancipation? And how far can the granting of limited female suffrage in 1918 be attributed to the exploits of these women?

    This pamphlet analyses this iconic 'women's' movement and question how far it can really be seen as part of Radical History.

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  • #14 Anarchism in Bristol and the West Country to 1950

    Today, there is still a lively anarchist scene in the South West and this pamphlet by Stephen E. Hunt explores the roots and history of anarchism in the region. Learn More
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  • #23 Pirates to Proletarians: The Experience of the Pilots and Watermen of Crockerne Pill in the Nineteenth Century

    This pamphlet charts the experiences, in the nineteenth century, of Bristol's pilots, and their assistants, in their struggle to defend their jobs and their traditional way of working, particularly as steam power emerged to replace sail. Pill people exhibited a lack of deference and were looked upon by the Bristol authorities, and many town-dwellers, as disorderly and difficult. As the nineteenth century progressed, however, the realisation took hold that the interests of the pilots and watermen of Pill had much in common with trade unionists in Bristol and the wider labour movement. Learn More
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  • #24 The Origins and an Account of Black Friday: 23rd December 1892

    Featuring illustrations, historical documents and even musical scores of strike songs, this pamphlet gives a detailed overview of the circumstances leading to Black Firday and details the events of the day itself. Learn More
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  • #26 Bliss Tweed Mill Strike, 1913–14: Causes, Conduct and Consequences

    This pamphlet examines the context, conduct and consequences of the Bliss Tweed Mill Strike on December 18th, 1913. It provides evidence that despite its eventual defeat the strike led to the politicisation of union activists. Learn More
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  • #27 Bristol and the Labour Unrest of 1910-14

    This pamphlet charts Bristol's experience of industrial strife between 1910 and the outbreak of the First World War, in August 1914. Rather than focus on some of Bristol's famous union leaders such as Ben Tillett and Earnest Bevin, this account scrutinises the events from the union rank-and-file perspective. Learn More
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  • #31 Bristol Independent Labour Party: Men, Women and the Opposition to War

    This pamphlet from Bristol Radical History Group explores the activities and ideas of women and men of the ILP, including Walter Ayles, Annie Townley and Mabel Tothill. It examines the significance of friendship ties and cross party alliances, some of which were forged in the pre-war suffrage campaign. It also assesses the impact of peace activism on labour and gender politics in the city. Learn More
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