All those interested in left and labour history, anarchism, syndicalism, radicalism, Marxism, nationalism, labour unions, race and nation, and anti-colonial struggles.
"This volume is a must-read for anyone interested in a nuanced history of left-wing politics, radical labor and social movements [...] scholarly [...] but [...] accessible [...]."
Alex Bradshaw, May 2014, FORsooth
, published by the Louisville chapter of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Volume 25, number 4 , pp. 3, 7
“[…] a ground-breaking work [...] the collection is remarkable […] the chapters [...] are compelling [...] one might mention the sheer sense of discovery with which they overwhelm the reader [...]. All in all, the collection is remarkable [...]. The essays they have gathered and carefully knitted together fill a major gap in the historiography and form an impressive and challenging scholarly achievement.”
Yann Béliard, Labour/ Le Travail
. Université Paris 3- Sorbonne Nouvelle
“The chapters develop a powerful sense of anarchism and syndicalism as global political forces, and on the whole this results in a very tightly
edited and argued collection defined by excellent, committed scholarship.”
David Featherstone, Journal of Global History
, University of Glasgow, UK
"[...] [I]t is a valuable contribution. [...] [T]his is a readable, important addition to your local library.
Milan Rai, Peace News
, Vol. 2550 (October 2012), p. 14
“[…] Hirsch and Van Der Walt’s collection is a salutary reminder of a time when a plurality of international anarchist, socialist and syndicalist
initiatives broke out of narrow confines of national politics to challenge, colonialism and racism alike. It is a vital repository of revolutionary thought and practice…”
Bryan Palmer (Trent University), New Left Review
, Vol. 77 (sept oct 2012), pp. 151-160
[…] difficult for serious scholars to ignore this volume.
This important book discusses anarchist and syndicalist movements in Argentina, Brazil, China, Cuba, Egypt, Ireland, Korea, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, South Africa and the Ukraine in the period leading up to World War II.
Jon Bekken, Anarcho-Syndacalist Review
, No. 60 (Summer 2013), 35-37
[...] [T]he book investigates how anarchists and syndicalists engaged with imperialism, anti-colonial movements ‘and the national question’.
Although this is an academic text, grassroots activists will find it useful too. The book offers deep insights into society and history, and it highlights relevant historical experiences that could benefit social movements worldwide.
Mandisi Majavu, Journal of Asian and African Studies
Vol. 47, No. 122 (2012), pp. 122-124
Let’s be clear about one thing – this book is an academic masterpiece.
Constance Bantman, Anarchist Studies
Vol. 20 No. 1 (2012), pp. 106-108
This groundbreaking volume on anarchism and syndicalism in the colonial and postcolonial world sheds new light on hitherto neglected historical – yet ever more useful – anti-colonial movements that reverberate with today’s growing resistance towards transnational corporate powers. [...] [T]his volume is an incredibly valuable addition to existing postcolonial theory.
Ole Birk Laursen, Journal of Postcolonial Writing 2012, iFirst Review, 1–2
The edited volume [...] contains a wealth of experience drawn from the colonial and postcolonial worlds for activists to reflect upon and scholars to debate.
Andrew Lawrence, Marx & Philosophy Review of Books
, 26 April 2012
The book is an excellent collection of narratives from the anarchist and syndicalist resistance to globalisation first attempt by the block of authoritarian and imperialist development (1870-1930) and goes beyond the usual Western European tradition [...]
Dimitri Troaditis, Anarkismo.net (article 20751)
This is a superb book.
Wayne Price, www.anarkismo.net & www.utopianmag.com (2011)