Historical Context of George Orwell

(Notes taken from Animal farm – Richard I Symer)

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pg 3 – Despite significant theoretical differences not only between communism and the two right wing ideologies of fascism and Nazism but also between the latter two, these systems do share traits important to an understanding of the mood of the thirties, the period of orwells political education

pg 3 – In place of ministerial caution and parliamentary debate, the new parties offered quick , forceful action – action often not hampered by constitutional or legal niceties- to restore order.

pg 4 – (carries on from last point) Extremest movements – revolutionary rather than reformist, rigidly doctrinaire, anti-pluralist, and hostile to compromise. Hostile, too, to Christianity, they came to be regarded as secular religions offering their followers a discipline, a philosophy, and a cause for which to live and die

pg 4 – […] capitalist economic system with which which it was associated seemed to be entering the final stage of its decline. Increasingly import were various non communist forms of socialism, and one in particular – Fabian socialism- exercised a marked influence on the policies and programs of the British Labor party […] included such popular and articulate figures as H.G. Wells.

pg 7 [Animal farm was] Banned in the soviet union and Eastern European countries except Yugoslavia, Animal farm has circulated in prohibited areas in form of illegal samizdat editions.

 

 

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