Synopses & Reviews
From 1864 to 1876, socialists, communists, trade unionists, and anarchists synthesized a growing body of anticapitalist thought through participation in the First International—a body devoted to uniting left-wing radical tendencies of the time. Often remembered for the historic fights between Karl Marx and Michael Bakunin, the debates and experimentation during the International helped to refine and focus anarchist ideas into a doctrine of international working class self-liberation.
Robert Graham has been writing about anarchism for thirty years. He recently edited the three-volume collection Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas.
A second look at the First International.
About the Author
Robert Graham is the editor of the three-volume anthology of anarchist writings from ancient China to the present day, Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas
. He has been writing about anarchism for over thirty years, beginning with his work on the anarchist newsjournal, Open Road
, which was the largest circulation English language anarchist paper of the late 1970s and early 1980s. He has published numerous articles on the development of anarchist theory, including the introduction to Proudhon's General Idea of the Revolution in the 19th Century
, and essays on the role of contract in anarchist ideology, Marxism and anarchism, social ecology, Murray Bookchin, Noam Chomsky, and Colin Ward.