Physical Resistance: A Hundred Years of Anti-Fascism by Dave Hann

By Dave Hann

Large-scale confrontations, disruption of conferences, sabotage and road struggling with were a part of the perform of anti-fascism from the early 20th century until eventually the twenty-first. hardly counseled through any political get together, using collective physically energy is still a method of activists operating in alliances and coalitions opposed to fascism.

In actual Resistance well-known battles opposed to fascists, from the Olympia enviornment, Earls court docket in 1934 and Cable highway in 1936 to Southall in 1978 and Bradford 2010, are instructed in the course of the voices of contributors. Anarchists, communists and socialists who belonged to a transferring sequence of anti-fascist companies relate famous occasions along many forgotten yet major episodes.

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Sheep came from Lincoln and Leicestershire, bullocks from Kent, cattle from Wales and the Highlands of Scotland, those from Anglesea and Skye having to swim the first part of their journey to the mainland. Paving stones for London's houses came from the quarries of Dorset and Kent (and also from Aberdeen). Hereford sent bacon and both Hereford and Devon sent cider. From Surrey came Dork­ ing capon and oats and meal from the Croydon market and vegetables from the Lambeth market-gardens. Chichester, in Sussex, sent com and meal.

1 1921; T. C. Barker and Michael Robbins, A History ofLondon Transport, 1963, vol. 1, pp. 1-10; A Tour, vol. I, pp. 117-32, 343-6. 24 Hanoverian London : IJI4-I8o8 entirely dependent on horse transport. Corn from the granaries of the Upper Thames basin, the Farnham area of Surrey, the east midlands counties, Kent and East Anglia came variously down the Wey, the Lea, up the Thames estuary, or by the 'long sea' route around the Kentish coast. And the largest consignments of all - 'sea-coal' from Newcastle ­ continued to arrive, in ever larger quantities, by coastwise shipping and river barge : the value of cargoes was said to be £r,8oo,ooo in 1796, and that year there were 1,200 barges employed in the delivery of coal out of a total of 2,soo lighters and I,ooo other small craft afloat on London's A part of this traffic was diverted to inland waterways after the London branch of the Grand Trunk Canal opened in 18oi, thus allowing river.

Economic Life 23 constructed by the turnpike commissioners since 1697; and Defoe, having taken careful stock of the roads to Harwich, to York and Scotland, Baldock and Bedford, Derby, Worcester and Holyhead, and having noted such improvements as had been made, concludes nevertheless sadly that 'the land trade of England has been greatly obstructed by the exceeding badness of the roads'. 1 But bad as they were, the roads carried a large volume of this traffic. Cattle from Scotland, Wales and Kent and sheep from Lincoln and Leicester trudged many a weary mile to market; and, in one of his most colourful and most quoted passages,.

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