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Louise Michel's London years: a political reassessment (1890-1905)

Bantman, Constance (2017) Louise Michel's London years: a political reassessment (1890-1905) Women's History Review, 26 (6). pp. 994-1012.

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This article proposes a political reassessment of the long period of time spent in London by the French Communard-turned-anarchist Louise Michel (1890-1905). It emphasises the breadth of her militant repertoire as well as her very concrete engagement in specific political projects, and highlights the coherence of her political outlook and activities. This perspective challenges predominantly masculinist portrayals of Michel, which focus heavily on sentiment as an explanation for her political activism, and downplay her overall agency as a militant. It also highlights the limitations of methodological nationalism in analysing Michel’s activities in exile. Four key aspects are examined: Michel’s print and open-air propaganda; her network-building activities; her contribution to libertarian pedagogies through the ‘International socialist school’ which she set up in Fitzrovia in the early 1890s; and her campaigning activities for the defence of the right of asylum and support for political refugees, at a time when liberal understandings of asylum were being questioned.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : English & Languages
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages
Authors :
Date : 1 March 2017
DOI : 10.1080/09612025.2017.1294393
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Women's History Review on 1 March 2017, available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords : : Louise Michel – anarchism – transnationalism – exile – masculinism
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 14 Feb 2017 18:48
Last Modified : 02 Apr 2019 13:13

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