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A Documentary History Of Libertarian Ideas—Volume One: From Anarchy To Anarchism (300CE to 1939)

Elisee Reclus (Contributor); Gustav Landauer (Contributor); Herbert Read (Contributor); Leo Tolstoy (Contributor); Mikhail Bakunin (Contributor); Ricardo Flores Magon (Contributor); Emma Goldman (Contributor); Emile Armand (Contributor); Peter Kropotkin (

  • Publisher: Black Rose
  • Format: Book
  • Binding: pb
  • Pages: 536
  • Released: Jan 3, 2005
  • ISBN-13: 9781551642505


Beginning with some of the earliest writings from China and Europe against feudal servitude and authority, this collection then goes on to document the best of the anti-authoritarian writings from the English and French Revolutions and the early development of libertarian socialist ideas, including, but not limited to, such writers as Winstanley, Godwin, Fourier, Stirner, as well as the early anarchist writings of Proudhon, Bakunin, Kropotkin, Elisee Reclus, Tolstoy, and Emma Goldman.
Noted anarchist scholar Robert Graham's ambitious efforts in tracking, through time, and place—to say nothing of language—the hundreds of authors expressing anarchist ideas is impressive: no book covers more ground and leaves the reader with a better understanding of the theory, of the history, of its seminal thinkers, and of the practice of anarchism in action—the latter having often been suppressed by history.
In the end, what emerges is an incomparable volume that deals both with the positive ideas and proposals the anarchists tried to put into practice, and with the anarchist critiques of the authoritarian theories and practices confronting them during these years with their revolutionary upheavals. A wonderfully comprehensive collection—especially impressive are the chapters on Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Latin American anarchism.
"Robert Graham is an outstanding scholar of anarchism and has made an exceptionally stimulating choice of texts: some familiar, others—especially those from East Asia—entirely unknown to me. The publication of this first installment of what promises to be a notable anthology is an important event for anarchists." —David Goodway, Anarchist Historian, University of Leeds, UK
"Will definitely meet the need for a comprehensive study of all the strands, ideas and themes of anarchist and libertarian thought." —Stuart Christie, Anarchist Writer/Publisher
"This judicious collection is admirable in its chronological, geographical, and thematic range. There is nothing comparable in presenting anarchist and libertarian responses both to the challenges of theory and to those of practices forged in the fires of historical crises." —Wayne Thorpe, The Workers Themselves: Revolutionary Syndicalism and International Labour, 1913–1923
"Admirably displays the range and inventiveness of anarchist approaches." —Colin Ward, Anarchism: A Very Short Introduction and Anarchy in Action

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