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Radical Objects: The Common Man’s Gandhi Cap

April 17, 2014 - 0 Comments

The current Indian election has seen a re-invention of the country’s most politically iconic headwear. The old Gandhi cap, a symbol of India’s non-violent pursuit of self-reliance and independence, has been revived – not, as Andrew Whitehead explains, by the Congress party with which Gandhi was once associated but by a new, insurgent political party


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Radical Objects: John Lilburne and John Wilkes

September 28, 2012 - 3 Comments

This political tract ‘The Tryal of Lieutenant Colonel John Lilburn’ links indelibly two of the most commanding figures in English radicalism, both of whom won key legal victories against the executive and so helped to establish greater freedom to publish and propagandise


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The Purging of ‘Red Beryl’

May 19, 2012 - 0 Comments

The story of Beryl Lund, who was, in 1948, at the same time, an actor, a communist and a civil servant working on sensitive defence contracts


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A Tale of Two Shop Signs

February 19, 2012 - 8 Comments

Andrew Whitehead on the reappearance – and disappearance – of old shop signs


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Radical Object: Bust of Charles Bradlaugh

November 26, 2011 - 3 Comments

A ten-inch bronze bust that depicts Charles Bradlaugh, one of the commanding figures of Victorian radicalism.


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An Indian in Bloomsbury

October 7, 2011 - 3 Comments

India’s hugely influential progressive writers’ movement dates its inception to a meeting in the basement of the Nanking restaurant in Denmark Street –…


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India’s Anti-Corruption Movement: Has Urban India Arrived?

August 29, 2011 - 2 Comments

Ashutosh Varshney, a political scientist who divides his time between the United States and India, reflects here on the implications of the new anti-corruption movement in India, in an article first published in the Indian Express newspaper and reposted here with his and the Express’s permission.


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God Gave the Land to the People: the Liberal ‘Land Song’

May 1, 2011 - 7 Comments

‘The Land Song’ dates back to the glory days of Lloyd George Liberalism, and was revived from the 1960s by a new generation of Liberal radicals. History Workshop Journal editor Andrew Whitehead pursues the song’s history – discovers its only commercial recording – and traces the song’s contemporary echoes.


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There Has Always Been a ‘Big Society’

April 30, 2011 - 4 Comments

Amid talk of a ‘Big Society’, Pat Thane explores the history of voluntary organizations and the shifting boundaries between state and society. She argues that government rhetoric masks a real shrinking of the voluntary sector.


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Angry Young Hope: A Photo Essay

April 9, 2011 - 1 Comment

Historian Imogen Lee has taken to the streets with hope, a camera and a few placards.