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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 Lesbian Revolution Lesbian Feminism in the UK 1970-1990

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

1st Edition

By Sheila Jeffreys
August 08, 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 ...

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

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

1st Edition

Edited By 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 ...

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

By Thomas Linehan
May 04, 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

By John Kelly
March 23, 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 ...

Challenging Austerity Radical Left and Social Movements in the South of Europe

Challenging Austerity: Radical Left and Social Movements in the South of Europe

1st Edition

Edited By Beltrán Roca, Emma Martín-Díaz, Ibán Díaz-Parra
November 30, 2017

This book analyses social movements and radical political parties’ strategies in Spain, Greece, Portugal and Italy from 2008 to today. Events in 2011 such as the Arab Spring and the indignados movement in Spain initiated a new cycle of social protest. This book explores how the economic crisis and ...

The Labour Church The Movement & Its Message

The Labour Church: The Movement & Its Message

1st Edition

By Neil Johnson
October 12, 2017

This book aims to unpack the core message of the Labour Church and question the accepted views of the movement by pursuing an alternative way of analysing its history, significance and meaning. The religious influences on late-nineteenth/early-twentieth-century British Socialism are examined and ...

John Lilburne and the Levellers Reappraising the Roots of English Radicalism 400 Years On

John Lilburne and the Levellers: Reappraising the Roots of English Radicalism 400 Years On

1st Edition

Edited By John Rees
September 08, 2017

John Lilburne (1615–1657), or 'Freeborn John' as he was called by the London crowd, was an important political agitator during the English Revolution. He was one of the leading figures in the Levellers, the short-lived but highly influential radical sect that called for law reform, religious ...

Sovereignty Revisited The Basque Case

Sovereignty Revisited: The Basque Case

1st Edition

Edited By Åshild Kolås, Pedro Ibarra Güell
August 31, 2017

This book explores the new debates on Basque sovereignty and statehood that have emerged in the post-violence Basque political scenario. It deciphers how sovereignty is understood or imagined by a revitalized civil society after the unilateral cessation of operations by ETA (Basque Homeland and ...

An East End Legacy Essays in Memory of William J Fishman

An East End Legacy: Essays in Memory of William J Fishman

1st Edition

Edited By Colin Holmes, Anne J Kershen
August 21, 2017

An East End Legacy is a memorial volume for William J Fishman, whose seminal works on the East End of London in the late nineteenth century have served as a vital starting point for much of the later work on the various complex web of relations in that quarter of the capital. A variety of leading ...

A Political Family The Kuczynskis, Fascism, Espionage and The Cold War

A Political Family: The Kuczynskis, Fascism, Espionage and The Cold War

1st Edition

By John Green
March 24, 2017

The Kuczynskis were a German-Jewish family of active anti-fascists who worked assiduously to combat the rise of Nazism before and during the course of the Second World War. This book focuses on the family of Robert and his wife Berta – both born two decades before the end of the nineteenth century ...

The Radical Left Party Family in Western Europe, 1989-2015

The Radical Left Party Family in Western Europe, 1989-2015

1st Edition

By Paolo Chiocchetti
November 08, 2016

This book provides an innovative analysis and interpretation of the overall trajectory of the Western European radical left from 1989 to 2015. After the collapse of really existing communism, this party family renewed itself and embarked on a recovery path, seeking to fill the vacuum of ...

Real Democracy Occupy No Stable Ground

Real Democracy Occupy: No Stable Ground

1st Edition

By Anna Szolucha
September 12, 2016

The liberal representative model of democracy is in a crisis. In protest camps, neighbourhood assemblies and through other non-hierarchical initiatives, the Occupy movement as well as other recent anti-austerity movements are redefining democracy as a positive way to engage with this crisis. The ...

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