Anarchism, 1914–18
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Anarchism, 1914-18 provides the first systematic analysis of anarchist responses to the First World War. Examining the interventionist debate between Peter Kropotkin and Errico Malatesta which split the anarchist movement in 1914, it gives a fresh historical and conceptual account of debates conducted in European and America movements about class, nationalism, internationalism, militarism, pacifism and cultural resistance. The collection discusses the justness of war, non-violence and pacifism, anti-colonialism and nationalism, pro-feminist perspectives on violence and the potency of the myths about the war for the reframing of radical politics in the 1920s and beyond. Notwithstanding the social, cultural and geo-political changes that the war hastened, promoting forms of socialism that marginalized anarchist ideas, the essays in this volume show how the bitter divisions about the war and the experience of being caught on the wrong side of the Bolshevik Revolution encouraged anarchists to reaffirm their deeply-held rejection of vanguard socialism and develop new strategies that drew on a plethora of anti-war activities. The implications of this re-framing were not fully felt until 1968 when the student movement dubbed Soviet communism obsolete and gave expression to a creative new left politics defined by civil disobedience and passive resistance, anti-racism, feminism, civil rights and personal liberation. Far from confirming anarchism's apparent obsolescence, these currents of ideas were first contested and crystallised in anarchist milieus during the war. This book will be of interest to historians, historians of socialist thought and readers interested in anti-militarist politics and First World War studies.
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Anarchism, 1914-18 provides the first systematic analysis of anarchist responses to the First World War. Examining the interventionist debate between Peter Kropotkin and Errico Malatesta which split the anarchist movement in 1914, it gives a fresh historical and conceptual account of debates conducted in European and America movements about class, nationalism, internationalism, militarism, pacifism and cultural resistance. The collection discusses the justness of war, non-violence and pacifism, anti-colonialism and nationalism, pro-feminist perspectives on violence and the potency of the myths about the war for the reframing of radical politics in the 1920s and beyond. Notwithstanding the social, cultural and geo-political changes that the war hastened, promoting forms of socialism that marginalized anarchist ideas, the essays in this volume show how the bitter divisions about the war and the experience of being caught on the wrong side of the Bolshevik Revolution encouraged anarchists to reaffirm their deeply-held rejection of vanguard socialism and develop new strategies that drew on a plethora of anti-war activities. The implications of this re-framing were not fully felt until 1968 when the student movement dubbed Soviet communism obsolete and gave expression to a creative new left politics defined by civil disobedience and passive resistance, anti-racism, feminism, civil rights and personal liberation. Far from confirming anarchism's apparent obsolescence, these currents of ideas were first contested and crystallised in anarchist milieus during the war. This book will be of interest to historians, historians of socialist thought and readers interested in anti-militarist politics and First World War studies.

Anarchism, 1914–18

Internationalism, anti-militarism and war

Matthew S. Adams, Ruth Kinna

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Anarchism 1914-18 is the first systematic analysis of anarchist responses to the First World War. It examines the interventionist debate between Peter Kropotkin and Errico Malatesta which split the anarchist movement in 1914 and provides a historical and conceptual analysis of debates conducted in European and American movements about class, nationalism, internationalism, militarism, pacifism and cultural resistance. Contributions discuss the justness of war, non-violence and pacifism, anti-colonialism, pro-feminist perspectives on war and the potency of myths about the war and revolution for the reframing of radical politics in the 1920s and beyond. Divisions about the war and the experience of being caught on the wrong side of the Bolshevik Revolution encouraged anarchists to reaffirm their deeply-held rejection of vanguard socialism and develop new strategies that drew on a plethora of anti-war activities.
Author Biography
Ruth Kinna is Senior Lecturer in Politics at Loughborough University
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Bibliographic Information
Publish State
Published
Language
English
Readership
General/trade; College/higher education; Professional and scholarly
Publisher / Imprint
Manchester University Press
Publication Country / Place
United Kingdom / Manchester
Title Identifier (ISBN/ISSN)
9781784993412 / 1784993417
Published Date
January 2017
Primary Price
115 USD
Dimensions
216 X 138 mm
Reference Code
4050