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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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  • Drowning on Dry Land (Ray Roughler-Jones)

    Fascinating autobiography of Ray 'Roughler' Jones in which we follow him from a life of petty crime in Swansea to being at the centre of the Notting Hill scene in the 80s and beyond. Learn More
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  • # 37 The Maltreated and the Malcontents Working in the Great Western Cotton Factory 1838-1914

    Mike Richardson explores the history of Bristol’s Great Western Cotton Works in Barton Hill, which opened in 1838. The story of its workforce — mainly low-paid women and children — has never before been told. From the 1830s to the early twentieth century, Barton Hill workers endured long working hours, high rates of industrial accidents and ill-health from the cotton dust and humidity. Moreover, they were subjected to wage cuts and fines by a series of unrelenting managers. Learn More
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  • Riot! - The Bristol Bridge Massacre of 1793

    'Riot!' illuminates a darker moment in Bristol's history and vividly recreates the dreadful sequence of events that led to the Bristol Bridge Massacre in 1793. Compellingly written and meticulously researched 'Riot!' is presented in a lively and accessible style and is essential reading for anyone interested in local history or politics. Learn More
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  • Memoirs of a Black Englishman

    Paul Stephenson OBE is one of the leading black civil rights activists of his generation. It was in Bristol in 1963 that Paul and the black community took on the Bristol Omnibus Company that was refusing to employ black workers. The Bristol Bus Boycott was the start of a lifetime dedicated to challenging prejudice at all levels in society and improving opportunities for young black people particularly through sport, music and education. Paul has worked closely with many black role models to achieve this aim, including Muhammad Ali. Learn More
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  • Trenches to Trams: The Life of a Bristol Tommy

    Trenches to Trams is a vivid social and military history bringing to life the story of an ordinary Bristolian who experienced extraordinary times. At the request of his grandson, George Pine jotted down 44,000 words of memories in the eight months before he dies in 1972. George's story has now been painstakingly researched by Clive Burlton to bring this vivid history to life. Learn More
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  • Bash the Rich

    In Bash the Rich, Ian Bone tells it like it was. From The Angry Brigade to the Free Wales Army, from the 1967 Summer of Love to 1977 anarcho-punk, from Grosvenor Square to the Battle of the Beanfield, from the Stop the City riots to the miners' strike and Bashing the Rich at Henley Regatta, Ian Bone breaks his silence. Against a background of all the major outbreaks of disorder of the time, this is a startlingly honest, funny, scream of rage from a gutter-level anarchist prepared to fight 'by any means necessary' Learn More
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  • The Revolutionary Urbanism of Street Farm: Eco-Anarchism and Alternative Technology in the 1970s

    Stephen E Hunt has produced the definitive account of Street Farm, a London-based collective of anarchist architects working in the early 1970s. Taking inspiration from from Situationism and social ecology, Street Farm offered a powerful vision of green cities in the control of ordinary people. Learn More
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  • #34 100 Fishponds Rd: Life and Death in a Victorian Workhouse - revised and updated 2nd edition.

    Revised and updated second edition. Radical historians poring over old maps of East Bristol came across a disused burial ground at Rosemary Green close to the site of Eastville Workhouse at 100 Fishponds Rd. Over the following years a team of local researchers revealed that more than 4,000 men, women and children, inmates of Eastville Workhouse, were interred in unmarked graves in Rosemary Green from 1851-1895. This book is a summary of their research and a history of Eastville Workhouse in the Victorian period. Learn More
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  • #30 Poaching in the South West: The Berkeley Case

    This pamphlet concentrates on some famous (indeed infamous) cases in the South West of England. It examines the issues behind the ‘poaching wars’ as well as introducing the combatants, their weapons and their tactics. We shall also see how the poaching wars split families, divided communities and cost some their lives; even though many still felt that the risks were worth it.

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