Transatlantic Radicalism

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Transatlantic Radicalism

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

Studies in Labour History, 16


April 1st, 2021



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The Atlantic Ocean not only connected North and South America with Europe through trade but also provided the means for an exchange of knowledge and ideas, including political radicalism. Socialists 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 unorganized development and therefore the connections that existed were quite diverse. The movement of individuals led to the establishment of organizational ties and the import and exchange of political publications between Europe and the Americas. The main aim of this book is to show how the transatlantic networks of political radicalism evolved with regard to socialist and anarchist milieus and in particular to look at the actors within the relevant processes—topics that have so far been neglected in the major histories of transnational political radicalism of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Individual case studies are examined within a wider context to show how networks were actually created, how they functioned and their impact on the broader history of the radical Atlantic.

Transatlantic Radicalism is empirically rich and serves as a welcome addition to the growing literature on migration, exile and transnationalism.’
Jessica Thorn, Labour History Review

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.

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
1. Transatlantic Radicalism: A Short Introduction. Frank Jacob and Mario Keßler
SECTION I: Organizational Ties and Radical Press Networks
2. An Entangled World at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century: Russian Socialist Revolu-tionary Terrorism, Transatlantic Public Sphere and American Capital. Lutz Häfner
3. The Italian Anarchists’ Network in São Paulo at the Beginning of the 20th Century. Carlo Romani and Bruno Corrêa de Sá e Benevides
4. The Panama Papers: Anarchist Press Networks between Spain and the Canal Zone in the Early Twentieth Century. James Michael Yeoman
5. Man! and the International Group: Anti-Radicalism, Immigrant Solidarity, and Depression-Era Transnational Anarchism. Hillary Lazar
SECTION II: Individual Perspectives
6. Global Master Workman: Terence Powderly (1849-1924), Transatlantic Radicalism and the Global History of the Knights of Labor, 1880-1900. Steven Parfitt
7. Transatlantic Workers’ Solidarity: The Kuzbas Autonomous Industrial Colony (1920-1926). Frank Jacob
8. “Alles z’Unterobsi”: Hannes Meyer and German Communist Exiles in Mexico. Georg Leidenberger
9. Damned to Do Nothing: The Transnational Network of Rosi Wolfstein and Paul Frölich in American Exile (1941-1950). Riccardo Altieri
10. Ossip K. Flechtheim (1909-1998): Political Scientist and Futurologist between Europe and North America. Mario Keßler
11. Conclusive Remarks. Frank Jacob
Notes on Contributors