Transatlantic Radicalism

Transatlantic Radicalism
Socialist and Anarchist Exchanges in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Frank Jacob | Mario Keßler
Studies in Labour History, 16
Liverpool University Press
April 1st, 2021

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The Atlantic Ocean not only connected the Americas with Europe through trade routes, but also provided the basis for a steady exchange of knowledge and ideas, including political radicalism. Socialist and anarchists would use this ‘radical ocean’ to escape state prosecution in their home countries, and establish radical milieus abroad. However, this was often a rather unorganised development and therefore the ties that existed were quite diverse. The movement of individuals led to the establishment of organisational ties, the import and exchange of political publications between Europe and the Americas, as well as vice versa. The main aim of this book is to show how the transatlantic networks of political radicalism evolved, with regard to socialist and anarchist milieus in particular, and it therefore looks at actors within the relevant processes who have so far been not of interest for the major histories of transnational political radicalism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Individual case studies are consequently merged with a broader context to show how networks were actually created, functioning, and impacting the history of the radical Atlantic.

Author information
Frank Jacob is a Professor at Nord Universitet, Norway. Mario Keßler is a Professor at the Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam, Germany.