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Common ground : the story of Greenham

Author: David Fairhall
Publisher: London ; New York : I.B. Tauris ; New York : Distributed in the U.S. by Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
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When a small group of women set out to march to Greenham one summer day at the end of August 1981, none of them could have imagined that this outing would change their lives forever. Nor did they dream that their gesture that day would spark off a feminist protest movement that would last for decades spreading its influence across the world. This highly entertaining and evocative history of the common traces the  Read more...
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Fairhall, David.
Common ground.
London ; New York : I.B. Tauris ; New York : Distributed in the U.S. by Palgrave Macmillan, 2006
(OCoLC)65469836
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Fairhall
ISBN: 9781429462501 1429462507 9781845112868 1845112865 9780857711526 0857711520
OCLC Number: 123194544
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 216 pages) : illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Foreword; Preface; Part One: Trying to be heard; 1. A Call to Action; 2. On the march; 3. Occupation; 4. Women's Peace Camp; 5. Embracing the base; 6. A Greenham rainbow; 7. Nuclear politics; 8. Battle joined; 9. Deadline; 10. A nuclear veto; 11. The town strikes back; 12. A kind of missile; 13. 'Calling all herbs!'; 14. Snakes, paint and bolt cutters; 15. Women and the law; 16. Over there; 17. At the wire; 18. A statutory instrument; 19. Just another job; 20. An unexpected welcome; Part Two: New Alliances; 21. A common heritage; 22. The scent of danger; 23. Commons again?
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When a small group of women set out to march to Greenham one summer day at the end of August 1981, none of them could have imagined that this outing would change their lives forever. Nor did they dream that their gesture that day would spark off a feminist protest movement that would last for decades spreading its influence across the world. This highly entertaining and evocative history of the common traces the development of the protests from the summer of that year through the climax ofthe Cold War to the present day. It is a quintessentially English tale in which a disparate group of dedicated and sometimes fractious women confront the full military might of the United States, not only to raise their voices against nuclear weapons but also to safeguard the ancient customs and rights of common ground. As alive to the women's concerns as to the wider political implications, Fairhall paints a vivid picture of life at Greenham, from the challenges and frustrations of the night time raids and appearances in court to the exuberant self-expression of the camps at the various rainbow-coloured Gates. More recently, he shows how the respectable residents of Newbury, where the women were often given such a hostile reception, have used the same laws exploited by the women in their own fight to restore the ancient rights of public access to the common and protect it as open heathland for future generations. The protests at Greenham Common are a powerful symbol of the 20th century which still arouse strong feelings today. There are many "Greenham women" still around. But what did they really achieve? As public concern focuses both on the proliferation of modern weapons of mass destruction and the need to preserve the threatened British landscape, this is a timely moment to consider their legacy.

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