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Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas, Volume One

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Volume One of Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas, is a comprehensive and far ranging collection of anarchist writings from the feudal era (300) to 1939. Edited and introduced by noted anarchist scholar Robert Graham, the collection will include the definitive texts from the anarchist tradition of political thought, beginning with some of the earliest wri ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Black Rose Books
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Stephie Jane Rexroth
Jan 12, 2014 Stephie Jane Rexroth rated it it was amazing
"Life is a weapon. Where should it strike, against which obstacle should our muscle-power be deployed, how shall we crown our desires? Is it the better choice to burn ourselves out all in one go and die the ardent death of a bullet shattering against the wall, or grow old on the never-ending road and outlive hope?"

- Rafael Barrett: Striving for Anarchism (1910)

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"I, who back down before no consequence, say: Man is sovereign, that is my principle; power is the negation of his sovereignty, thi
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Andrew Nolan
Feb 21, 2014 Andrew Nolan rated it liked it
Not bad, an occasionally over edited greatest hits of anarchist thought.

The inclusion of some "proto-anarchist" writing is highly suspect and to me is merely anti-authoritarian and not particularly relevant to a history of anarchism unless your agenda is to somehow naturalize anarchism as a perennially natural state/ desire.

Much like Gellner and Hobsbawm's theorizing of nationalism my own inclinations are that anarchism requires the condition of modernity to exist and therefore can't convincin
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Spicy T AKA Mr. Tea
I've picked this book up and put it down only to pick it up again so many times that it made my head spin! But I finished it. :) Which is exciting. A marvelous collection of short pieces about anarchism starting from 300 CE all the way up to the Spanish Civil War. It overflows with information. This is slightly problematic because you tend to read the same ideas over and over again. I seem to remember that somewhere in the middle of the book it got somewhat frustrating. Very interesting though.
Trey
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Love it. A thorough examination of anarchism in its various forms throughout history... at least until the 1930s. Covers all kinds of topics: Anarchy and Art, Anarchy and Education, Anarchy and Women, Anarchy in various countries, etc. A necessary addition to any politics nerd's library.
Constantinos (Gus) Kalogeropoulos
A wonderful collection of short excerpts from the proto-Anarchists and 'classical' Anarchists such as Proudhon, Bakunin, Kropotkin, Malatesta, Landauer etc. Great introduction to anarchism.
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A thorough introduction to the variety of the philosophies of anarchism.
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