Utopian Communes in the British Isles
September 25, 2009 6:45 AM   Subscribe

Utopia Britannica is a collection of stories and a gazetter about utopian communes in the British Isles from the 14th Century up until the end of World War II. There are some incredible tales in here, such as 'Free Love' in 19th Century Somerset, St. Kilda, Death of an Island Republic, Percy Bysshe Shelley's attempted communes, Augustus John, the King of Bohemia and many more.
posted by Kattullus (10 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
The site was posted back in 2003 but that was part of a mega-Scottish-Islands-post and not featured on its own.
posted by Kattullus at 6:46 AM on September 25, 2009

King of Bohemia?
posted by Halloween Jack at 7:11 AM on September 25, 2009

Beinecke Library (previously) has a great section on Utopias and Dystopias in literature, and 26 utopian societies in the US, from 1638 to 1971. The list includes a local Coastal California group, the Halcyon community. If you're driving up the 101 from Los Angeles to San Francisco, about 2.5 hours into your trip you'll pass a Halcyon exit, which is a tip of the hat to the community that was (and to some degree, remains).
posted by filthy light thief at 7:13 AM on September 25, 2009

I love gazetteers. Thanks for posting this!
posted by jquinby at 7:29 AM on September 25, 2009

Oh, wow, I clicked on the Free Love link expecting fuzzy Wollstonecraft style utopias, and... wow.
posted by oinopaponton at 7:52 AM on September 25, 2009

Augustus John! That's who I was thinking of before I blacked out last night! Thanks Kattullus!
posted by The Whelk at 8:14 AM on September 25, 2009

Thanks, Kattullus!
posted by Iridic at 8:17 AM on September 25, 2009

bookmarked! thanks :)

my theme for the day
posted by supermedusa at 9:56 AM on September 25, 2009

wow! thanks, Katullus - excellent post!
posted by jammy at 2:38 PM on September 25, 2009

Why is "Utopian Community" so often a synonym for "run, not walk, away from these people?"
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:14 AM on September 27, 2009

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