GERRARD WINSTANLEY PDF

Winstanley was the leader and one of the founders of the English group known as the True Levellers or Diggers for their beliefs, and for their actions. The group occupied public lands that had been privatised by enclosures and dug them over, pulling down hedges and filling in ditches, to plant crops. True Levellers was the name they used to describe themselves, whereas the term Diggers was coined by contemporaries. Gerrard Winstanley was born on 19 October and was baptised in the parish of Wigan , then part of the West Derby hundred of Lancashire.

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Ben Sandell examines the origins, influence and significance of a group of often misunderstood radicals. Human history boasts two important traditions: one of control, harmony and discipline and another of expression, liberty and the pursuit of justice. The Diggers were intimately associated with the latter of those schools of thought, though the reality of implementing such ideas would push them in the direction of the former.

A loose social grouping, the Diggers emerged between and as a radical response to the post-civil war insurrection in 17th-century England. It is in the Diggers that some modern commentators have seen the roots of modern socialism and even communism. But what were the conditions which led to the emergence of such a group? What did they actually achieve in the short time the Cromwellian regime tolerated their existence?

And most importantly, what were their ideas? These men, and women, were led by one principal chief: Gerrard Winstanley, assisted, at first, by William Everard. To continue reading this article you will need to purchase access to the online archive.

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Gerrard Winstanley

Ben Sandell examines the origins, influence and significance of a group of often misunderstood radicals. Human history boasts two important traditions: one of control, harmony and discipline and another of expression, liberty and the pursuit of justice. The Diggers were intimately associated with the latter of those schools of thought, though the reality of implementing such ideas would push them in the direction of the former. A loose social grouping, the Diggers emerged between and as a radical response to the post-civil war insurrection in 17th-century England. It is in the Diggers that some modern commentators have seen the roots of modern socialism and even communism. But what were the conditions which led to the emergence of such a group? What did they actually achieve in the short time the Cromwellian regime tolerated their existence?

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Gerrard Winstanley and the Diggers

Series: Revolutionary Lives. Life and ideas of the great British radical who founded rural communes during the English Civil War. An exciting and extremely well-written account of Winstanley's development as thinker and experimental communist' - Nigel Smith, William and Annie S. Professor of History at Harvard University.

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Gerrard Winstanley, the son of a mercer, was born in Wigan in October, There is no evidence that the family was of anything but modest standing in the parish. It is frequently assumed that Winstanley attended the local grammar school but no enrolment records for the period are extant. Winstanley's family was involved in the cloth trade. At the time the town was known as a centre of the woollen and linen manufacture, drawing both on local supplies and imports of linen flax from Ireland.

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