Communes Britannica traces the history of communal living in Great Britain from 1939 to 2000.
The book begins in 1939 with wartime pacifists looking for an alternative to the death and destruction they saw the world descending into and takes the reader on a tour of the British communes movement through to the dawn of the 21st century when environmental activists try to create new communities that can cope with the challenges of climate change.
There are chapters on:
• 1960s & 70s communes movement
• Pacifist wartime communities
• Spiritual communities
• Therapeutic groups
• Back-to-the-Land communes
• Christian Groups
• Rock bands who lived together
Plus a comprehensive directory of intentional communities from the period.
“Communes Britannica – Communal Living in Britain 1939 – 2000“ by Chris Coates
Published by Diggers & Dreamers 520pp paperback, black and white illustrations
Authors Blog In researching and writing the book, the author, Chris Coates, amassed a huge and unique collection of photos, stories and artefacts about this alternative approach to modern life… more than could fit in any book, but too good not to share.
So this blog has been put together as a way to give that collection a permanent home. The aim is to add new material every few weeks, to add to the stories in the book and to tell new ones.
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