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The editor of this anthology writes that anarchism in the late nineteenth century "combined within itself the extremes of intellectuals such as as Kropotkin and Tolstoy surrounded by an aura of unimpeachable moral conjuct, together with assassins and bandit-outlaws such as Ravachol and Sazonov. What these widely disparate individuals shared was a common attitude toward society and the state. It was an attitude of profound alienation cutting across all social class lines from urban aristocrat to rural peasant."This anthology contains selected essays and correspondence of Peter Alekseevich Kropotkin, who was, after Bakunin's death in 1876, unquestionably the most widely read and respected theorist of anarchism. The selection is designed to reveal such fundamental conceptions as Kropotkin's interpretation of the role of anarchism in modern history, his criticism of capitalism, his theory of revolution, and his views of the ideals to be realized in the postrevolutionary society of the future. The theoretical writings are supplemented by more concrete articles dealing specifically with conditions in nineteenth-century Russia — a society confronted by an authentic revolutionary opposition. Kropotkin's analysis of the revolution itself is implicit in the report of his meeting with Lenin and in his letters to the Bolshevik leader. The letters to Nettlau, Steffen, and Brandes present additional concerns which are closely related to the large themes of anarchism and revolution described in the essays.Martin Miller's introduction surveys and analyzes the most significant aspects of Kropotkin's life and thought: Kropotkin's formative years in Russia, 1842-1876, and the origins of his anarchist thinking (military service in eastern Siberia, the influence of the works of Proudhon and Bakunin, his role in the Chaikovskii Circle); his years as an emigre in western Europe, 1976-1917, and the ripening of his politcal thought (editor of Le Révolté, his views on "propaganda by the deed" and on Marxist socialism); and his last years in the Soviet Union, 1917-1921 (the revolution and civil war, his meeting and correspondence with Lenin).

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The selection is designed to reveal such fundamental conceptions as Kropotkin's interpretation of the role of anarchism in modern history, his criticism of capitalism, his theory of revolution, and his views of the ideals to be realized in the postrevolutionary society of the future.

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The editor of this anthology writes that anarchism in the late nineteenth century combined within itself the extremes of intellectuals such as as Kropotkin and Tolstoy surrounded by an aura of unimpeachable moral conduct, together with assassins and bandit-outlaws such as Ravachol and Sazonov. What these widely disparate individuals shared was a common attitude toward society and the state. It was an attitude of profound alienation cutting across all social class lines from urban aristocrat to rural peasant.

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Kropotkin, the anarchist prince, sought to redefine anarchism as a philosophy of civilization which was antithetical to terrorist acts and assassination. His politcal system of anarchist communism was based on the idea that all external authroity was corrupt. He questioned the legitimacy of every form of government and criticized the injustice of every institution based on authority. Kropotkin's first political essay, written in 1873 and translated here from the Russian for the first time, is a particularly valuable contribution in this regard. This manifesto is the first coherent expression of his early anarchism and foreshadows much of his later thinking. The first-hand recording of Kropotkin's meeting with Lenin in the spring of 1919, also an original translation, is equally revealing.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262610100
Author:
Kropotkin, Petr Alekseevich
Publisher:
MIT Press (MA)
Author:
Kropotkin, P. A.
Author:
Miller, Martin A.
Author:
Miller, Martin
Author:
Kropotkine, Petr Alekseevich
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Politics-Leftist Studies
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Selected Readings on Anarchism and Revolution
Publication Date:
19700931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 1.12 lb

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"Synopsis" by , The selection is designed to reveal such fundamental conceptions as Kropotkin's interpretation of the role of anarchism in modern history, his criticism of capitalism, his theory of revolution, and his views of the ideals to be realized in the postrevolutionary society of the future.
"Synopsis" by , The editor of this anthology writes that anarchism in the late nineteenth century combined within itself the extremes of intellectuals such as as Kropotkin and Tolstoy surrounded by an aura of unimpeachable moral conduct, together with assassins and bandit-outlaws such as Ravachol and Sazonov. What these widely disparate individuals shared was a common attitude toward society and the state. It was an attitude of profound alienation cutting across all social class lines from urban aristocrat to rural peasant.
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