Demanding the Impossible: A History of Anarchism

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PM Press, Dec 1, 2009 - Political Science - 800 pages
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Lively and authoritative, this study of a widely misunderstood subject skillfully navigates the rough waters of anarchistic concepts—from Taoism to Situationism, ranters to punk rockers, individualists to communists, and anarcho-syndicalists to anarcha-feminists. Exploring key anarchist ideas of society and the state, freedom and equality, authority and power, the record investigates the successes and failures of anarchist movements throughout the world. Presenting a balanced and critical survey, the detailed document covers not only 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. Essential reading for anyone wishing to understand what anarchists stand for and what they have achieved, this fascinating account also includes an epilogue that examines the most recent developments, including postanarchism and anarcho-primitivism as well as the anarchist contributions to the peace, green, and global justice movements of the 21st century.
 

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Review: Demanding the Impossible: A History of Anarchism

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mostly boring. marshall invests a lot of anxiety into trying to dispel "the myth of the violent, black-clad, bomb-throwing anarchist" in this history of enlightened rich european philosophes, but has ... Read full review

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Peter Marshall's Demanding the Impossible is a wonderful expose of anarchism. Marshall painstakingly examines the major figures and their biographies, the history of anarchism, and the core ideas that ... Read full review

Contents

Forerunners of Anarchism
51
Great Libertarians
141
Classic Anarchist Thinkers
189
Anarchism in Action
429
Modern Anarchism
537
The Legacy of Anarchism
623
The Phoenix Rising
667
Reference Notes
707
Select Bibliography
759
Index
795
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Peter Marshall is a philosopher, a historian, a poet, and the author of 15 books, including Nature's Web: Rethinking Our Place on Earth.

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