Mobilizing William Godwin, the “Father of British Anarchism”: History, Strategy, and the Intellectual Cultures of Post-war British Anarchism - Université Paris Cité Access content directly
Journal Articles Modern Intellectual History Year : 2024

Mobilizing William Godwin, the “Father of British Anarchism”: History, Strategy, and the Intellectual Cultures of Post-war British Anarchism

Matthew S Adams

Abstract

This article examines the reconfigurations of British anarchist politics and culture, focusing on the reception of William Godwin by three influential anarchist writers and activists: George Woodcock, Colin Ward, and Albert Meltzer. It argues that mobilizing Godwin was an important part of their efforts to define, and then defend, a particular version of anarchist intellectual culture in Britain, each with its own unique history and strategic perspectives regarding social and political change. These competing conceptualizations of Godwin's legacy and significance therefore reflected both their independent political and intellectual concerns and developing rifts in the broader anarchist movement, especially between proponents of gradualism and those of more militant forms of anarchism. Ultimately, for all three, Godwin became a cipher for internal ideological struggles in anarchist politics, as his pliable ideas were mobilized in the battle for the meaning of British anarchism.
Fichier principal
Vignette du fichier
william-godwin.pdf (211.02 Ko) Télécharger le fichier
Origin Publisher files allowed on an open archive
Licence

Dates and versions

hal-04586619 , version 1 (24-05-2024)

Licence

Identifiers

Cite

Matthew S Adams, John-Erik Hansson. Mobilizing William Godwin, the “Father of British Anarchism”: History, Strategy, and the Intellectual Cultures of Post-war British Anarchism. Modern Intellectual History, 2024, pp.1-26. ⟨10.1017/S1479244323000239⟩. ⟨hal-04586619⟩
0 View
0 Download

Altmetric

Share

Gmail Mastodon Facebook X LinkedIn More