Political Contestation and Internal Strife: Socialist and Anarchist German Newspapers in London, 1878–1910

Laqua, Daniel (2018) Political Contestation and Internal Strife: Socialist and Anarchist German Newspapers in London, 1878–1910. In: The Foreign Political Press in Nineteenth-Century London: Politics from a Distance. Bloomsbury, London, pp. 135-154. ISBN 9781474258494, 9781474258517, 9781474258500

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Abstract

Daniel Laqua In 1910, Theodore Rothstein – a socialist émigré from Tsarist Russia – traced the ‘long and glorious history’ of the German political press in London. Fittingly, his survey appeared in the Londoner Volks-Zeitung – a weekly founded in 1909 ‘to form a connecting link between the working-class movements of both sides of the North Sea’. Summarizing nearly a century of publishing ventures, Rothstein portrayed the Londoner Volks-Zeitung as the ‘heiress of a beautiful bequest’. Like many of its forerunners, the paper itself was short-lived, lasting for only nine months. Nonetheless, the existence of such publications illustrates the political dynamism of London’s German community. Britain’s role as a site for activists from different countries was linked to its openness towards refugees: the country’s liberal asylum policy only changed with the passing of the Aliens Act in 1905. As Bernard Porter has noted, ‘between 1823 and 1906 no refugee who...

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: V100 History by period
V200 History by area
V300 History by topic
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Daniel Laqua
Date Deposited: 22 May 2018 10:30
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2020 09:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/34306

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