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Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial by Steven Hirsch, Lucien van der Walt

By Steven Hirsch, Lucien van der Walt

Narratives of anarchist and syndicalist historical past throughout the period of the 1st globalization and imperialism (1870-1930) have overwhelmingly been developed round a Western eu culture founded on discrete nationwide instances. This parochial standpoint often ignores transnational connections and the contemporaneous lifestyles of huge and influential libertarian hobbies in Africa, Asia, Latin the USA, and jap Europe. but anarchism and syndicalism, from their very inception on the First foreign, have been conceived and constructed as foreign hobbies. through targeting the missed instances of the colonial and postcolonial global, this quantity underscores the global size of those routine and their centrality in anti-colonial and anti-imperialist struggles. Drawing on in-depth old analyses of the ideology, constitution, and praxis of anarchism/syndicalism, it additionally offers clean views and classes for these drawn to knowing their resurgence at the present time.

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Studies in Global Social History, Volume 6 : Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, 1870-1940 : The Praxis of National Liberation, Internationalism, and Social Revolution. Leiden, NLD: Brill Academic Publishers, 2010. p xxix. id=10470530&ppg=29 PREFACE XXIX References cited in text Aldred, Guy. ), Bakunin's ian Book House, 1947. Writings. Indore/Bombay: Modern Publishers/Libertar­ Rodrigues, Edgar, Os Anarquistas: Trabalfladores italianos no Brasil. Sao Paulo: Global editora e distribuidora, 1984.

By the end of that decade, a substantial bloc of syndicalist unions had emerged in manufacturing and services-most of these unions were initiated by white radicals, but their base was mainly among people of colour. The most notable was the Industrial Workers of Africa. W. E. Sigamoney ( 1 888-1963). The overall membership of the South African syndicalist unions probably did not exceed 4,000 workers countrywide in the late 1910s, as compared to roughly 47,000 in the South African Industrial Fede­ ration (SAIF, 1 9 1 4), and 6,000 in the Cape Federation of Labour (1913).

Leiden, NLD: Brill Academic Publishers, 2010. p xxxviii. id=10470530&ppg=38 xxxviii LUCIEN VAN DER WALT AND STEVEN J. HIRSCH Taking anarchism and syndicalism seriously Anarchism and syndicalism, as Benedict Anderson recently reminded readers, constituted an immense "gravitational force" across the planet in the late 1 9th and early 20th centuries. 24 But the history of the movement is of paramount importance, precisely because it is essential to understand the trajec­ tory of labour, of the left, and of anti-imperialist movements.

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