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Modern Science and Anarchy

Modern Science and Anarchy

Peter Kropotkin (author); Iain McKay (editor)

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  • Publisher: AK Press
  • Format: Book
  • Binding: paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • Released: May 29, 2018
  • ISBN-13: 9781849352741

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This was Peter Kropotkin's final book, in which he theorizes about the development of the modern state and how modern science and technology can assist in freeing working people from capitalism. First published in 1912 in France, sections of this book have been translated and published in English (as short books and pamphlets and journal articles), but never as a whole work as Kropotkin intended. More than 10 percent of this book has never before appeared in English. Introduced and annotated by Iain McKay.

"Iain McKay's definitive version of Modern Science and Anarchy is another welcome product of his continuing effort to broaden our understanding of Kropotkin's ideas, recovering texts scattered and forgotten in the course of Kropotkin's transnational activism. More than an exercise in Kropotkiana however, this work offers Kropotkin's most concise exposition of the ideas that defined his life, focusing on anarchism's interactions with the defining scientific and political currents of modern European history, and staking a claim for anarchism as a vital, and intellectually sophisticated, component of this story." —Matthew Adams, author of Kropotkin, Read, and the Intellectual History of British Anarchism

"Finally, after all these years the definitive edition of Kropotkin's Modern Science and Anarchy. Here we have not only a mature restatement of Kropotkin's anarchist communism, but Kropotkin's own history of anarchist ideas and movements, a survey of libertarian and anarchist currents throughout human history, as Kropotkin describes the perennial struggle between authority and liberty. But that is not all—the second half of the book, a series of essays selected by Kropotkin himself on the rise of capitalism and the state, contains some of Kropotkin's best work, including "The State: Its Historic Role." Iain McKay is to be commended for so carefully editing and annotating one of Kropotkin's most important books, well deserving a place alongside Mutual Aid and The Conquest of Bread." —Robert Graham, author of We Do Not Fear Anarchy—We Invoke it: The First International and the Origins of the Anarchist Movement and editor of Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas.

"This new, definitive edition of Kropotkin's Modern Science and Anarchy is an important addition to the literature on one of the most influential figures in the development of modern libertarian communism. Iain McKay's introduction is a model of scholarship and succeeds not only in contextualising and explaining Kropotkin's ideas, but also in addressing a number of misunderstandings and misrepresentations along the way. He also makes a convincing case for the book's continuing relevance for present-day radicals." —David Berry, author of A History of the French Anarchist Movement, 1917 to 1945

"This is a welcome new translation of a long neglected text by Peter Kropotkin. In the spirit of Kropotkin, the volume includes a highly knowledgeable and sympathetic—yet not uncritical—introduction by the editor, who also adds some clarifying footnotes to the original text." —Benjamin Franks, author of Rebel Alliances: The Means and Ends of Contemporary British Anarchisms

Peter Kropotkin (1842-1921) was one of anarchism's most famous thinkers. His classic works include The Conquest of Bread; Fields, Factories and Workshops; Memoirs of a Revolutionist; and Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution.

Iain McKay is editor of An Anarchist FAQ (Vols. I and II), Direct Struggle against Capital: A Peter Kropotkin Anthology, and Property is Theft!: A Pierre Joseph-Proudhon Anthology.

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