Spectres of John Ball - The Peasants' Revolt in English Political History, 1381-2020 - James Crossley
James Crossley [+]
St Mary's University, London
This chapter looks at how the perceived threat of Bolshevism could be used to evoke old memories of Ball as a seditious threat. Yet among socialists, Ball was regularly invoked, and in Communist Party circles he was understood from a historical materialist perspective and now employed in the fight against fascism.