Encyclopedia Of Political Anarchy

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Overview

The Encyclopedia of Political Anarchy charts history's most misunderstood social movement. Covering political anarchy worldwide for the past 300 years, the book also examines the ancient roots of the movement, spotlights key individuals, and explores important groups, organizations, events, laws, legal cases, and theories.

More than just a reference source, Encyclopedia of Political Anarchy also tells the interesting story of sophisticated and complex social and philosophical forces that left their mark on the world—from the 13th century Free Spirit movement against the oppressive power of the church in France to the present-day Zapatista National Liberation Army in Mexico.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"A first of its kind, the Encyclopedia of Political Anarchy is a thoroughly interesting and useful reference guide, providing a wealth of accessible information on anarchy over the past 300 years … this is a novel and highly recommended reference guide."

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Studies in Conflict & Terrorism

"The work opens with an excellent essay on anarchism and closes with a comprehensive bibliography and detailed subject index … well written … Recommended for public and academic libraries."

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Library Journal

"The Gays' work fills a niche and is recommended for political science research collections."

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Choice

"…this encyclopedia offers balance to the stereotypical portrayals of anarchists found in some standard histories. A generous bibliography of print materials adds to the value of this volume."

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School Library Journal

"This easy to read encyclopedia is recommended for the reference collections of public, academic, and school libraries."

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American Reference Books Annual

Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Cogent, concise articles, several paragraphs to several pages in length, examine major figures and describe organizations, revolutions, strikes, laws, and court cases marking significant milestones in the development of the anarchist movement. Along with well-known people such as Emma Goldman and Mikhail Bakunin are profiles of Noam Chomsky, Philip Berrigan, the "Haymarket Anarchists," and Thomas Paine. Entries on modern rebels and movements include the Zapatista National Liberation Army, Black Panthers, Earth First!, and American Antigovernment Extremists of the 1980s and 1990s. Topics linked by helpful see-also references and the thorough index make the information accessible. While Richard D. Sonn's Anarchism (Twayne, 1992) and Paul Avrich's Anarchist Portraits (Princeton Univ., 1988) provide more in-depth analyses of the history and lives involved in the movement, this encyclopedia offers balance to the stereotypical portrayals of anarchists found in some standard histories. An appendix discusses how the Internet, "...the quintessential example of a large scale anarchist organization," can be a source for further research and provides an extensive annotated list of Web sites. A generous bibliography of print materials adds to the value of this volume.-Douglas Wooley, Brooklyn Public Library, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Charts history's most misunderstood social movement, covering political anarchy worldwide for the past 300 years, from the 13th- century Free Spirit movement against the oppressive power of the church in France, to the present-day Zapatista National Liberation Army in Mexico. Examines the roots of the movement, spotlights key individuals, and explores important organizations, events, laws, court cases, and theories. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874369823
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/12/1999
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

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