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In this cornerstone of modern liberal social theory, Peter Kropotkin states that the most effective human and animal communities are essentially cooperative, rather than competitive. Kropotkin based this classic on his observations of natural phenomena and history, forming a work of stunning and well-reasoned scholarship. Essential to the understanding of human evolution as well as social organization, it offers a powerful counterpoint to the tenets of Social Darwinism. It also cites persuasive evidence of human nature's innate compatibility with anarchist society.

"Kropotkin's basic argument is correct," noted evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould. "Struggle does occur in many modes, and some lead to cooperation among members of a species as the best pathway to advantage for individuals." Anthropologist Ashley Montagu declared that "Mutual Aid will never be any more out of date than will the Declaration of Independence. New facts may increasingly become available, but we can already see that they will serve largely to support Kropotkin's conclusion that 'in the ethical progress of man, mutual supportand#151;not mutual struggleand#151;has had the leading part.'" Physician and author Alex Comfort asserted that "Kropotkin profoundly influenced human biology by his theory of Mutual Aid. . . . He was one of the first systematic students of animal communities, and may be regarded as the founder of modern social ecology."

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In a work of stunning and well-reasoned scholarship, a famous anarchist posits that the most effective human and animal communities are essentially cooperative, rather than competitive. Essential to the understanding of human evolution as well as social organization, this book offers a powerful counterpoint to the tenets of Social Darwinism.

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In this literary cornerstone of modern liberal social theory, Peter Kropotkin states that the most effective human and animal communities are essentially cooperative, rather than competitive. Kropotkin based this classic on his observations of natural phenomena and history, forming a work of stunning and well-reasoned scholarship. Essential to the understanding of human evolution as well as social organization, it offers a powerful counterpoint to the tenets of Social Darwinism. It also cites persuasive evidence of human nature's innate compatibility with anarchist society.

Table of Contents

Preface to the 1914 Edition

Introduction

and#160; I.-II. Mutual Aid Among Animals

and#160; III. Mutual Aid Among Savages

and#160; IV. Mutual Aid Among the Barbarians

and#160; V.-VI. Mutual Aid in the Mediand#230;val City

and#160; VII.-VIII. Mutual Aid Amongst Ourselves

Conclusion

Appendix A

and#160; I. Swarms of Butterflies, Dragon-flies, etc.

and#160; II. The Ants

and#160; III. Nesting Associations

and#160; IV. Sociability of Animals

and#160; V. Checks to Over-Multiplication

and#160; VI. Adaptations to Avoid Competition

and#160; VII. The Origin of the Family

and#160; VIII. Destruction of Private Property on the Grave

and#160; IX. The "Undivided Family"

and#160; X. The Origin of the Guilds

and#160; XI. The Market and the Mediand#230;val City

and#160; XII. Mutual-Aid Arrangements in the Villages of Netherlands at the Present Day

Appendix B

and#160; The Struggle for Existence in Human Society by Thomas H. Huxley

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486449135
Author:
Kropotkin, Petr Alek
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
Kropotkine, Petr Alekseevich
Author:
Kropotkin, Peter
Author:
Kropotkin, Petr Alekseevich
Subject:
Political
Subject:
History & Theory - Radical Thought
Subject:
Cooperation
Subject:
Social groups
Subject:
History & Surveys - General
Subject:
Personal Growth - Success
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Anarchism
Subject:
Social institutions
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Value Editions
Series Volume:
A Factor of Evolutio
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.19 in 0.7 lb

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In this literary cornerstone of modern liberal social theory, Peter Kropotkin states that the most effective human and animal communities are essentially cooperative, rather than competitive. Kropotkin based this classic on his observations of natural phenomena and history, forming a work of stunning and well-reasoned scholarship. Essential to the understanding of human evolution as well as social organization, it offers a powerful counterpoint to the tenets of Social Darwinism. It also cites persuasive evidence of human nature's innate compatibility with anarchist society.

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