A Radical History of Britain by Edward Vallance
Visionaries, Rebels and Revolutionaries: The Men and Women Who Fought for Our Freedoms

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From medieval Runnymede to twentieth-century Jarrow, from King Alfred to George Orwell by way of John Lilburne and Mary Wollstonecraft, a rich and colorful thread of radicalism runs through a thousand years of British history. In this fascinating study, Edward Vallance traces a national tendency towards revolution, irreverence, and reform wherever it surfaces and in all its variety. He unveils the British people who fought and died for religious freedom, universal suffrage, justice, and liberty—and shows why now, more than ever, their heroic achievements must be celebrated. Beginning with Magna Carta, Vallance subjects the touchstones of British radicalism to rigorous scrutiny. He evokes the figureheads of radical action, real and mythic—Robin Hood and Captain Swing, Wat Tyler, Ned Ludd, Thomas Paine, and Emmeline Pankhurst—and the popular movements that bore them. Lollards, Levellers, Diggers, Ranters, and Chartists, each has its membership, principles, and objectives revealed.
 

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Published June 1, 2009 by Little, Brown Book Group. 656 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction

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If you look at the subtitle of Edward Vallance's A Radical History of Britain, it's clear where he's...

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The only notable dissonance is a final chapter on ‘The Fight against Fascism’ which contains a brief account of the one-time Labour MP Oswald Mosley, his Blackshirts and the famous ‘Battle of Cable Street’ on 4 October 1936, which in Vallance’s view sits, ‘like the Jarrow “Crusade” ...

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