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A workshop, 1 July 2011, School of Humanities, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK

Sponsored by the History Workshop Journal

For more information or to book a place, contact Dr Katrina Navickas, University of Hertfordshire. Email   


11am-1pm – two roundtables of 5 minute mini-papers, and each followed by discussion.

1pm-2pm – lunch (provided)

2pm-4pm – open-floor session to discuss pre-circulated longer papers and discussion points.

4pm-4.30pm – plan for new agenda for the history of protest, and discussion of proposed published outputs of the workshop.

The proceedings will be live-blogged, and there may be web-conferencing for participants unable to travel.

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing (CSP):

New Perspectives on Anarchism, Labour and Syndicalism: The Individual, the National and the Transnational

Editors: David Berry and Constance Bantman
Date Of Publication: Oct 2010
Isbn13: 978-1-4438-2393-7
Isbn: 1-4438-2393-7

This collection presents exciting new research on the history of anarchist movements and their relation to organised labour, notably revolutionary syndicalism. Bringing together internationally acknowledged authorities as well as younger researchers, all specialists in their field, it ranges across Europe and from the late nineteenth century to the beginnings of the Cold War. National histories are revisited through transnational perspectives—on Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Poland or Europe as a whole—evidencing a great wealth of cross-border interactions and reciprocal influences between regions and countries. Emphasis is also placed on individual activist itineraries—whether of renowned figures such as Errico Malatesta or of lesser-known yet equally fascinating characters, whose trajectories offer fresh perspectives on the complex interplay of regional and national political cultures, evolving political ideologies, activist networks and the individual.

The volume will be of interest to specialists working on the history of anarchism and/or trade unionism as well as the political or social history of the countries concerned; but it will also be useful to students and the general reader looking for discussion of the most recent thinking on the historiography of labour and anarchist movements or those wanting a comprehensive overview of the history of syndicalism. 

“This promises to become a very significant contribution to the ongoing debate. The book clearly breaks new ground by considering revolutionary syndicalism as a group of different movements (indeed, a “family”) and by discussing not only West European, but also East European experiences. All in all, this is an excellent collection.” —Marcel van der Linden, IISH, Amsterdam.

“This book is both a timely and authoritative reappraisal of anarchism and syndicalism in Europe, breaking new ground in its analysis of these movements from a transnational and comparative perspective. Through its focus on international networks and personal connections, it represents a major contribution to our understanding of labour history. New Perspectives on Anarchism, Labour and Syndicalism will be enjoyed by anyone interested in the history of working-class internationalism.” —Jeremy Jennings, Professor of Political Theory, Queen Mary, University of London


Introduction: New Perspectives on Anarchism, Labour and Syndicalism: The Individual, the National and the Transnational
Constance Bantman and David Berry

Part I. The Syndicalist Family

Chapter One
Uneasy Family: Revolutionary Syndicalism in Europe from the Charte d’Amiens to World War I
Wayne Thorpe

Part II. Militants

Chapter Two 
From Gustav Schmidt to Gus Smith: A Tale of Labour Integration (Hull, 1878-1913)
Yann Béliard

Chapter Three:  The Rooted Cosmopolitan: Errico Malatesta, Syndicalism, Transnationalism and the International Labour Movement
Carl Levy

Chapter Four 
Internationalism in the Border Triangle: Alfons Pilarski and Upper Silesian Anarcho-syndicalism during the Interwar Years
Dieter Nelles

Chapter Five 
Mission Impossible: Ángel Pestaña’s Encounter as CNT Delegate with the Bolshevik Revolution in 1920
Reiner Tosstorff

Part III. Movements

Chapter Six The 1896 London Congress: Epilogue or Prologue?
Davide Turcato

Chapter Seven
From Trade Unionism to Syndicalisme Révolutionnaire to Syndicalism: The British Origins of French Syndicalism
Constance Bantman

Chapter Eight
Polish Anarchism and Anarcho-Syndicalism in the Twentieth Century
Rafał Chwedoruk

Chapter Nine
How and Why the French Anarchists Rallied to the CGT-FO (1947–1950)
Guillaume Davranche

Part IV. Interpretations
Chapter Ten 
Analysing Revolutionary Syndicalism: The Importance of Community
Bert Altena

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Erythros Press and Media, who distribute books on behalf of MIA publishing, now has two new titles in stock. The first, */Communards/*, is something every one of you will want to read, whatever current of communism you support. The other – */The Communist Manifesto & its Genesis/* – will not be new to you, but you should buy it as an act of solidarity. *Please promote these books with all your friends and comrades*.

All proceeds go to paying the expenses of running the MIA.


Communards: The Story of the Paris Commune of 1871, As Told by those Who Fought for It. Texts selected, edited, and
translated by Mitchell Abidor 302 pp: tm

In this unique collection of texts translated into English for the first time, we hear the genuine voices of the Paris Commune of 1871. Every Communard drew something different from the experience of the Commune, and *Communards* allows all of them to have their say.

”If socialism wasn’t born of the Commune, it is from the Commune that dates that portion of international revolution that no longer wants to give battle in a city in order to be surrounded and crushed, but which instead wants, at the head of the proletarians of each and every country, to attack national and international reaction and put an end to the capitalist regime” – Edouard Vaillant, a member of the Paris Commune.

Documents include the records of stormy meetings of the Commune deciding on the execution of hostages, minutes of meetings of the First International throughout the siege as well as reminiscences of participants written down 25 years after the event.

Much of this would be new to French-speakers; it is all new for those who do not normally read in the French language. No history of the Commune may be written in the future without reference to *Communards*.

Mitchell Abidor is a writer and translator living in Brooklyn. He is also the author of The Great Anger: Ultra-Revolutionary Writing in France from the Atheist Priest to the Bonnot Gang.

ISBN 978-0-9805428-9-9
Price US$25+postage.
Proceeds to Marxists Internet Archive

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