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Anarchist Seeds Beneath the SnowLeft-Libertarian Thought and British Writers from William Morris to Colin Ward$
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David Goodway

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310256

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312557

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Nuclear disarmament, the New Left – and the case of E.P. Thompson

Nuclear disarmament, the New Left – and the case of E.P. Thompson

(p.260) 12 Nuclear disarmament, the New Left – and the case of E.P. Thompson
Anarchist Seeds Beneath the Snow
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This chapter discusses the emergence of a mass movement for nuclear disarmament. The nuclear disarmament movement began to mobilize with the British government's announcement in 1957 that it was to develop the hydrogen bomb. The chapter focuses on the Committee of 100, the most important anarchist political organization of modern Britain, which called for mass civil disobedience against the preparations for nuclear war. E.P. Thompson's intellectual and political development and his contributions to the New Leftist programme are also examined.

Keywords:   nuclear disarmament, Committee of 100, anarchist, mass civil disobedience, nuclear war, E.P. Thompson, New Leftist

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