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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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The Cypriot Left Popular Movement: Legacies of the past

The Cypriot Left Popular Movement: Legacies of the past

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Yiannos Katsourides
January 01, 2021

This book discusses the history of the left labour movement in Cyprus, a country under British colonial rule for 82 years (1878-1960). The Cypriot left presents an interesting case study among scholars studying the European left movement due to its large electoral size, which has amounted to...

Global Socialisms and their Aesthetics: Between Eastern Europe and Africa

Global Socialisms and their Aesthetics: Between Eastern Europe and Africa

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Gesine Drews-Sylla
January 01, 2021

This book charts the development of the contemporary Western European radical left party family over the period 1989-2014....

Hybrid Media Activism: Ecologies, Imaginaries, Algorithms

Hybrid Media Activism: Ecologies, Imaginaries, Algorithms

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Emiliano Treré
September 30, 2020

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 Years of Anger: The Life of Randall Swingler

The Years of Anger: The Life of Randall Swingler

1st Edition

Andy Croft
May 14, 2020

Randall Swingler (1909–67) was arguably the most significant and the best-known radical English poet of his generation. A widely published poet, playwright, novelist, editor and critic, his work was set to music by almost all the major British composers of his time. This new biography draws on...

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...

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...

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