This Unit aims to:
- Offer an interpretation of working-class radicalism 1750-1840 from an anarcho-syndicalist perspective
- Introduce, through case studies, the history of organisation and direct action in working-class movements
- Look at the social, political and economic context of the formation of early general unions and wage campaigns
- Suggest some of the reasons why mainstream historical accounts have failed to acknowledge working-class revolutionary aspirations
Terms and abbreviations
Diggers: A communistic movement that flourished during the English Revolution and Civil War. They advocated the abolition of private ownership of land and believed that political revolution must be based on social revolution.