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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: NEW INTERNATIONALIST; Gph edition (13 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780260822
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780260822
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 16.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This wonderful book - hopefully destined for every school library and history syllabus - using all the force and power which only comics narrative can provide, is a sterling example of what people can do when working together and in unity and one no fair minded individual should miss.' Comicsreview.co.uk 'The story of the Co-operative movement's birth has been retold as never before.' ManchesterEveningNews 'The Co-operative Revolution is a gripping graphic novel.' Tribune Magazine

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Radical political cartoonist and activist Polyp has been working with campaigning organizations around the world for over 15 years, and is the author and illustrator of 'Big Bad World Cartoon Molotovs in the face of corporate rule' and illustrator of 'Speechless: World History Without Words. He lives and works within a large Co-operative housing block in Manchester, UK.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jaki on 14 Oct. 2012
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Polyp's new graphic novel is a great introduction to the co-operative movement. A good read for those people who might have thought co-operatives began and ended with the supermarket of the same name. Using the graphic novel format Polyp tracks the many different strands of co-operation, from the 19th century to the present day and beyond!
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The Co-Operative Revolution begins with the story of the Rochdale Pioneers, but it's a much broader celebration of cooperatives and cooperation.

If you're not familiar with the Rochdale Pioneers, this slim volume is as neat a summary as you'll find. These were the industrial workers of northern England who got together in the face of considerable obstruction and started a small shop in 1844. They weren't the first coop, but their model was the one that kickstarted the rise of cooperatives. The context is important, and the novel does a fine job of explaining just how radical the idea was. It's easy to take it for granted now, but what The Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers was doing was actually pretty subversive.

Does it work as a graphic novel? Just about. There are a few pictures of meetings - hard pressed industrial workers plotting together, cooperative workers being turned away by bank managers, etc. But really, the story of the Rochdale Pioneers is just the introduction. The graphic side of things comes into its own as the book goes on.

The middle section explores co-ops today, from Co-op City in New York which houses 60,000 people and has its own police force, to a cooperative of snake catchers in India. The third chapter looks at cooperation in nature - cooperation, it suggests, is just as much a factor in evolution as competition. The artist is at his most imaginative here, with beautiful ink drawings depicting flocks of starlings, honeycomb, or jellyfish.

There's loads more, but I won't spoil it for you. Suffice to say that The Co-operative Revolution is well worth an afternoon of your time. It makes a fine case for the role of the co-op, celebrating a revolution that rumbles on largely unnoticed, but is increasingly important in the global economy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By penelope on 22 Feb. 2013
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This is a subject close to my heart as I think the Rochdale Pioneers are unsung heros and people don't realise what they did for our society. This book remedies that.

I gives quite a detailed background, in pictures, of what made it necessary for those men to bring about a revolution. But it was a quiet and peaceful, and very successful revolution. I think every school in the United Kingdom should put this book on their curriculum. They should have multiple copies in their libraries. Child friendly, but not childish.
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