Demanding the Impossible: A History of Anarchism

Demanding the Impossible: A History of Anarchism

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by Peter Marshall
     
 

Navigating the broad 'river of anarchy', from Taoism to Situationism, from Ranters to Punk rockers, from individualists to communists, from anarcho-syndicalists to anarcha-feminists, Demanding the Impossible is an authoritative and lively study of a widely misunderstood subject. It explores the key anarchist concepts of society and the state, freedom and equality,

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Navigating the broad 'river of anarchy', from Taoism to Situationism, from Ranters to Punk rockers, from individualists to communists, from anarcho-syndicalists to anarcha-feminists, Demanding the Impossible is an authoritative and lively study of a widely misunderstood subject. It explores the key anarchist concepts of society and the state, freedom and equality, authority and power and investigates the successes and failure of the anarchist movements throughout the world. While remaining sympathetic to anarchism, it presents a balanced and critical account. It covers not only the classic anarchist thinkers, such as Godwin, Proudhon, Bakunin, Kropotkin, Reclus and Emma Goldman, but also other libertarian figures, such as Nietzsche, Camus, Gandhi, Foucault and Chomsky. No other book on anarchism covers so much so incisively.

In this updated edition, a new epilogue examines the most recent developments, including 'post-anarchism' and 'anarcho-primitivism' as well as the anarchist contribution to the peace, green and 'Global Justice' movements.

Demanding the Impossible is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand what anarchists stand for and what they have achieved. It will also appeal to those who want to discover how anarchism offers an inspiring and original body of ideas and practices which is more relevant than ever in the twenty-first century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604860641
Publisher:
PM Press
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
818
Sales rank:
939,020
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 2.40(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Introduction ix

Part 1 Anarchism in Theory

1 The River of Anarchy 3

2 Society and the State 12

3 Freedom and Equality 36

Part 2 Forerunners of Anarchism

4 Taoism and Buddhism 53

5 The Greeks 66

6 Christianity 74

7 The Middle Ages 86

8 The English Revolution 96

9 The French Renaissance and Enlightenment 108

10 The British Enlightenment 129

Part 3 Great Libertarians

11 French Libertarians 143

12 German Libertarians 153

13 British Libertarians 163

14 American Libertarians 181

Part 4 Classic Anarchist Thinkers

15 The Lover of Order William Godwin 191

16 The Conscious Egoist Max Stirner 220

17 The Philosopher of Poverty Pierre-Joseph Proudhon 234

18 The Fanatic of Freedom Michael Bakunin 263

19 The Revolutionary Evolutionist Peter Kropotkin 309

20 The Geographer of Liberty Elisée Reclus 339

21 The Electrician of Revolution Errico Malatesta 345

22 The Count of Peace Leo Tolstoy 362

23 American Individualists and Communists 384

24 The Most Dangerous Woman Emma Goldman 396

25 German Communists 410

26 The Gentle Revolutionary Mohandas Gandhi 422

Part 5 Anarchism in Action

27 France 431

28 Italy 446

29 Spain 453

30 Russia and the Ukraine 469

31 Northern Europe 479

32 United States 496

33 Latin America 504

34 Asia 519

Part 6 Modern Anarchism

35 The New Left and the Counter-culture 539

36 The New Right and Anarcho-capitalism 559

37 Modern Libertarians 566

38 Modern Anarchists 587

39 Murray Bookchin and the Ecology of Freedom 602

Part 7 The Legacy of Anarchism

40 Ends and Means 625

41 The Relevance of Anarchism 639

Epilogue 667

Reference Notes 707

Select Bibliography 759

Index 795

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