Interwar Progressives

This is the page for the project I'm currently working on relating to progressive individuals and movements in Britain between the Wars. So far this is mostly work in progress, working title 'Orwell's Anathema', since he was vitriolic about these cranks, this 'dreary tribe of high-minded women and sandal-wearers and bearded fruit-juice drinkers.... 'vegetarians with wilting beards... earnest ladies in sandals... birth control fanatics', nudists, 'Nature Cure quacks', pacifists and feminists, as well as chubby ramblers in pistachio-coloured shirts and shorts. (The Road to Wigan Pier). Whereas I think there is probably more to be said about them than this blanket dismissal.


Podcast of talk I gave on To Create Community: Some Contrasting Interwar Initiatives in the UK to the Voluntary Action History Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research

My Roy Porter Memorial Lecture 2014 was on 'Healthy Lives/Healthy World: Utopian Visions in Interwar Britain': downloadable pdf of text.

My article '"A city that we shall never find"? the search for a community of fellow progressive spirits in the UK between the wars', in Family and Community History, 18, 2015

Not online (I wonder what HG Wells would have made of the journal of the Wells Society not being online in these days): Open Conspirators Seek Similar: The Inspiration of H.G. Wells’s Utopian Dreams, The Wellsian, 40, 2017


The Space Between: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945
'The Space Between is a society for the study of literature and culture of the period between the First and Second World Wars. It provides an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary forum for discussion and research of texts, authors and new approaches to traditionally canonical works. It also encourages fresh examinations of art, society and culture illuminating the interwar and wartime periods. The society sponsors an annual conference and a journal.
2018 Annual Conference: Intersections of Resistance in the Space Between
in conjunction with the Feminist inter/Modernist Association
June 7-9, 2018, University of Northern Colorado

‘Risk Anything!’: Modernist Women between Centre and Periphery
A symposium presented by the Australasian Modernist Studies Network
Friday 6 April 2018, University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia



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