Physical Resistance: A Hundred Years of Anti-Fascism MOBI

Physical Resistance: A Hundred Years of Anti-Fascism ❰PDF / Epub❯ ✅ Physical Resistance: A Hundred Years of Anti-Fascism Author Dave Hann – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Large scale confrontations, disruption of meetings, sabotage and street fighting have been part of the practice of anti fascism from the early twentieth century until the twenty first Rarely endorsed Large A Hundred Years of PDF/EPUB or scale confrontations, disruption of A Hundred Epub Ù meetings, sabotage and street fighting have been part of the practice of anti fascism from the early twentieth century until the twenty first Rarely endorsed by any political party, the use of collective bodily strength Physical Resistance: MOBI :Ê remains a strategy of activists working in alliances and coalitions against fascism In Physical Resistance famous battles against fascists, from the Olympia arena, Earls Court inand Cable Street into Southall inand Bradford , are told through the voices of participants Anarchists, Resistance: A Hundred eBook ¸ communists and socialists who belonged to a shifting series of anti fascist organizations relate well known events alongside many forgotten but significant episodes.


10 thoughts on “Physical Resistance: A Hundred Years of Anti-Fascism

  1. Andy Carrington Andy Carrington says:

    Read this to your children.


  2. Mark Mark says:

    The working class of Britain are often thought of as racist, imperialist, homophobic, small minded and all that.This book shows this is not the case The majority look out for their fellow man and oppose any hate or imposition This why BM, BUF, BNP and the EDL couldn t and can t win.An interesting walk through of how these threats have been tackled at and away from hustings and the ballot box.


  3. Daria Skylark Daria Skylark says:

    For those who have already read No Retreat by the same author co authored with Steve Tilzey , the largely personal story of two antifascist activists will, after this book, become embraced by the collective story of hundreds, if not thousands, of antifascists, will cover a hundred years instead of twenty and will spread over a vaster territory than before That has its flaws, no doubt Sometimes you can just get lost in all those numbers, dates and names and stop bothering to keep each one of t For those who have already read No Retreat by the same author co authored with Steve Tilzey , the largely personal story of two antifascist activists will, after this book, become embraced by the collective story of hundreds, if not thousands, of antifascists, will cover a hundred years instead of twenty and will spread over a vaster territory than before That has its flaws, no doubt Sometimes you can just get lost in all those numbers, dates and names and stop bothering to keep each one of them in memory But one has to remember that this book isof an oral history than an academic historical analysis or a biography And as such, it succeeds in delivering the main message about the infinite and always acute need to continue both physical and ideological resistance against all forms of racist, fascist, nationalist and assorted totalitarian and authoritarian movements and ideas, and to never drop our guard


  4. Mike Mike says:

    This is a great, concise book covering street action in the 20th and early 21st century to resist fascist organizing in England It s strength is in the oral history Hann was able to collect, and, as a committed anti fascist himself, the print material he was able to amass in order to set the record He tells both of great victories like the Battle of Cable Street and Lewisham, but also discusses how political factionalism or tactical missteps hampered antifascists Sometimes leftist coalitions This is a great, concise book covering street action in the 20th and early 21st century to resist fascist organizing in England It s strength is in the oral history Hann was able to collect, and, as a committed anti fascist himself, the print material he was able to amass in order to set the record He tells both of great victories like the Battle of Cable Street and Lewisham, but also discusses how political factionalism or tactical missteps hampered antifascists Sometimes leftist coalitions were instrumental in amassing numbers to challenge fascist marches, while at other times in fighting or a less militant stance led to insufficient responses The testimony of the regular, working class people who, throughout decades, fought for what they believed was right shines through and is incredibly touching and inspirational, given current political developments in the US.The book can be faulted for being a little narrow and repetitive This is not a book that addresses fascist thought or the theoretical underpinnings of anti fascism It makes great mention of infamous British Union of Fascists leader Oswald Mosley without delving into what made him dangerous, aside from the street level violence he inspired The book acknowledges gains that fascists made it terms of electoral success and strongholds within Britain, but faintly sketches at why it was an attractive prospect for working class people and ideological or opportunistic political elites, aside from reaction to immigration or targeting those it saw responsible for violent crime The waning of fascists is mentioned in the post war period, but the relative significance of their re groupings or the reasons behind them isn t explored The book also confines itself to street level resistance and some counter cultural responses, such as the formation of Rock Against Racism, but it doesn t pretend to be something it isn t and its bibliography is rich with texts that elaborate further Also, those outside of the UK may have trouble with geographical place names.The book ends with the creation of the modern Antifa movement taking on the less ideological but nonetheless violent and racist English Defense League It s a well researched labor of love, a time capsule honoring those who saw it necessary to put everything on the line to resist the everyday violence and indignity that fascism would unleash on a changing and increasingly diverse society


  5. Thomas Hale Thomas Hale says:

    A history of anti fascist action, organisation and conflict in the UK Densely packed with eyewitness accounts and covering every year from 1924 2011, it s about as comprehensive a work as I could have asked for Rarely dry or clinical, Hann is able to put human faces on the colunteers and agitators it s easy to get wrapped up in the personal drama Each victory fills the reader with satisfaction each setback evokes frustration and regret A particularly powerful section is the chapter on volu A history of anti fascist action, organisation and conflict in the UK Densely packed with eyewitness accounts and covering every year from 1924 2011, it s about as comprehensive a work as I could have asked for Rarely dry or clinical, Hann is able to put human faces on the colunteers and agitators it s easy to get wrapped up in the personal drama Each victory fills the reader with satisfaction each setback evokes frustration and regret A particularly powerful section is the chapter on volunteers who went to fight against Franco in the Spanish Civil War, and how infighting and abandonment doomed their cause One thing that struck me reading this was how often history repeated itself, and how many similarities there are between even the earliest anti fascist struggles and today s antifa A major theme is the importance of solidarity and putting in the work, on and off the streets, to combat far right extremism From Moseley in Cable Street to the EDL in Tower Hamlets, the names have changed but the fight remains as important as ever


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