Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial by Steven Hirsch, Lucien van der Walt

By Steven Hirsch, Lucien van der Walt

Narratives of anarchist and syndicalist background in the course of the period of the 1st globalization and imperialism (1870-1930) have overwhelmingly been built round a Western eu culture situated on discrete nationwide circumstances. This parochial standpoint often ignores transnational connections and the contemporaneous life of enormous and influential libertarian activities in Africa, Asia, Latin the USA, and jap Europe. but anarchism and syndicalism, from their very inception on the First overseas, have been conceived and built as overseas activities. by way of concentrating on the ignored instances of the colonial and postcolonial international, this quantity underscores the global size of those pursuits and their centrality in anti-colonial and anti-imperialist struggles. Drawing on in-depth historic analyses of the ideology, constitution, and praxis of anarchism/syndicalism, it additionally offers clean views and classes for these attracted to figuring out their resurgence at the present time.

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And sophisticated movements not just in imperial Japan, but in China, Korea and Vietnam,48 as well as Taiwan and British Malaya (now Malaysia). Dirlik's chapter provides a partial overview of the East Asian movement, where immersion "in the burgeoning labour movement" was often an important focus. 50 While the East Asian movement tended to develop late by European standards, its peak-the late 1910s into the early 1 930s-overlapped quite closely with other movements in the colonial and postcolonial world.

Id=10470530&ppg=47 RETHINKING ANARCHISM AND SYNDICALISM xlvii de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Santiago; there were also budding move­ ments in centres like Alexandria, Cape Town, Dublin, Johannesburg, and Beirut. S6 This interpretation has been propounded by Marxist activists and scholars. S8 Such claims naturally conduce to the sim­ ple conclusion that anarchism and syndicalism are anti-modern move­ ments. 59 Under dose empirical analysis, the thesis of the petit bourgeois dass composition of anarchism and syndicalism assertion is difficult to sus­ tain.

Studies in Global Social History, Volume 6 : Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, 1870-1940 : The Praxis of National Liberation, Internationalism, and Social Revolution. Leiden, NLD: Brill Academic Publishers, 2010. p xxxviii. id=10470530&ppg=38 xxxviii LUCIEN VAN DER WALT AND STEVEN J. HIRSCH Taking anarchism and syndicalism seriously Anarchism and syndicalism, as Benedict Anderson recently reminded readers, constituted an immense "gravitational force" across the planet in the late 1 9th and early 20th centuries.

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