Anarchist Portraits

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Overview

From the celebrated Russian intellectuals Michael Bakunin and Peter Kropotkin to the little-known Australian bootmaker and radical speaker J. W. Fleming, this book probes the lives and personalities of representative anarchists.

Avrich presents a collective biography of the lives of the 19th and early 20th century anarchists, both their days of glory and rage.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
It is . . . in Mr. Avrich's composite picture of anarchism in America that the contradictions, the strength and weaknesses of anarchism as an ideology, as well as the extraordinary dedication and strength of character of its exponents, can be seen most clearly.
— James Joll
Washington Post Book World
Believers in anarchism, along with those willing to probe beyond the rote dismissals of the creed as a violent tumult, have a rare intellectual feast in Avrich's work.
— Colman McCarthy
Washington Times
So powerfully does [Avrich] make his case that sometimes in Anarchist Portraits the impossible dream seems not quite so impossible.
— Gary Kern
Philadelphia Inquirer
Avrich is the foremost American scholar of anarchism in this generation.
— Robert Zaller
New York Times Book Review - James Joll
It is . . . in Mr. Avrich's composite picture of anarchism in America that the contradictions, the strength and weaknesses of anarchism as an ideology, as well as the extraordinary dedication and strength of character of its exponents, can be seen most clearly.
Washington Post Book World - Colman McCarthy
Believers in anarchism, along with those willing to probe beyond the rote dismissals of the creed as a violent tumult, have a rare intellectual feast in Avrich's work.
Washington Times - Gary Kern
So powerfully does [Avrich] make his case that sometimes in Anarchist Portraits the impossible dream seems not quite so impossible.
Philadelphia Inquirer - Robert Zaller
Avrich is the foremost American scholar of anarchism in this generation.
From the Publisher
"It is . . . in Mr. Avrich's composite picture of anarchism in America that the contradictions, the strength and weaknesses of anarchism as an ideology, as well as the extraordinary dedication and strength of character of its exponents, can be seen most clearly."—James Joll, New York Times Book Review

"Believers in anarchism, along with those willing to probe beyond the rote dismissals of the creed as a violent tumult, have a rare intellectual feast in Avrich's work."—Colman McCarthy, Washington Post Book World

"So powerfully does [Avrich] make his case that sometimes in Anarchist Portraits the impossible dream seems not quite so impossible."—Gary Kern, Washington Times

"Avrich is the foremost American scholar of anarchism in this generation."—Robert Zaller, Philadelphia Inquirer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691006093
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1990
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
Preface xi
Part I Russia
1 The Legacy of Bakunin 5
2 Bakunin and the United States 16
3 Bakunin and Nechaev 32
4 Kropotkin's Ethical Anarchism 53
5 Kropotkin in America 79
6 Stormy Petrel: Anatoli Zhelezniakov 107
7 Nestor Makhno: The Man and the Myth 111
8 V. M. Eikhenbaum (Volin): The Man and His Book 125
Part II America
9 Proudhon and America 137
10 Benjamin Tucker and His Daughter 144
11 C. W. Mowbray: A British Anarchist in America 153
12 Sacco and Vanzetti: The Italian Anarchist Background 162
13 Jewish Anarchism in the United States 176
14 Alexander Berkman: A Sketch 200
15 Ricardo Flores Magon in Prison 208
16 Mollie Steimer: An Anarchist Life 214
Part III Europe and the World
17 The Paris Commune and Its Legacy 229
18 Paul Brousse: The Possibilist Anarchist 240
19 The Martyrdom of Gustav Landauer 247
20 Brazilian Anarchists 255
21 An Australian Anarchist: J. W. Fleming 260
Notes 269
Index 303
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