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Fighting for two Republics : Irish volunteers in the British Battalion, International Brigades

Between 1936 to 1939 Spain was engulfed in a brutal Civil War, as the Republican government struggled to defeat a fascist military coup, which was supported by Hitler and Mussolini. Workers from all over the world volunteered to fight in the International Brigades against the fascist threat. This included a significant number of Irishmen, many of whom were veterans of the IRA and were part of the Independence struggle against British rule. In this talk the story of these Irish volunteers will be […]

Dorset Radical Bookfair

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After a four year hiatus the fourth Dorset Radical Bookfair will take place from 11:00 to 17:00 on Saturday 7th October 2023 at Bad Hand Coffee warehouse just off the Bournemouth Triangle (BH2 5RT). Free entry to the public, with Vegan food for donations all day. Along with bookstalls (including BRHG) there are some history related talks including: 12:00 ~ 13:00 Confessions Of a Non-violent Revolutionary: Bean Stew, Blisters, Blockades and Benders. The true story of a peace activist in […]

The Spanish Anarchists of Merthyr in the Early Twentieth Century

This talk will focus on an on-going research project into the anarchist elements of the wider Spanish community in Dowlais and Abercraf, c.1900-1920. Following a shortage of labour during the Second Boer War (1899-1902) the management of the Dowlais Iron Works used its subsidiary company in the Basque region to encourage Spanish labourers and their families to move to South Wales. By 1911 there were 264 Spaniards in the borough of Merthyr Tydfil, part of an international community which also […]

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