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To hell with culture: Fascism, rhetoric, and the war for democracy

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posted on 26.07.2016 by Matthew Adams
To Hell With Culture was Herbert Read’s most concise exposition of his aesthetic politics, but it was a work moulded by the particular context in which he wrote. Starting life as a contribution to a series of pamphlets pondering the shape of Britain in the aftermath of the Second World War, Read drew on a deep reading of socialist intellectual history to plot a new, radical path for democracy. His text was a necessary utopia, presenting an outcry against the cultural barbarities of both the capitalist and totalitarian superpowers, and entering a battle of ideas to determine the shape of post-war Europe.

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  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Politics and International Studies

Published in

Anarchist Studies

Volume

23

Issue

2

Pages

18 - 37

Citation

ADAMS, M.S., 2015. To hell with culture: Fascism, rhetoric, and the war for democracy. Anarchist Studies, 23(2), pp. 18-37.

Publisher

Lawrence and Wishart

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

01/07/2015

Publication date

2015

Notes

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Anarchist Studies and the definitive published version is available at https://www.lwbooks.co.uk/anarchist-studies/23-2/to-hell-with-culture-fascism-rhetoric-and-war-for-democracy

ISSN

0967-3393

Language

en

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