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Squatting in Britain 1945–1955: Housing, Politics, and Direct Action


Manufacturer: Merlin Press

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Britain in 1946 witnessed some extraordinary episodes of direct actin. Tens of thousands of families walked into empty army camps and took them over as places to live. A nationwide squatters' movement was born – the first challenge to the 1945 Labour government to come 'from below'.

This book describes how squatters responded to wretched and inadequate conditions and widespread housing shortages. It outlines how people acted, helping to shape policies and events. It describes how squatting spread to empty mansions and hotels, how squatters campaigned for improvements and how they built communities. It discuses the roles of political activists and considers how local and national government reacted. Further, it explores what these events reveal about the attitude of the 1945 government to a popular initiative.

Don Watson. Merlin Press, 2016.

Product Code: 9780850367287

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