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February 26, 2010

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Try George Woodcock's history of anarchism - called rather imaginatively 'Anarchism'! Thorough and solid. Also there's a massive but very readable and comprehensive history by Peter Marshall called 'Demanding the Impossible' originally published in 1993 and recently released in a new edition - not very in depth but a good general survey. Then there are the classics, Kropotkin and Bakunin, both 19th century Russians, Bakunin being a contemporary of Marx. Also check out the great Emma Goldman and of course masses of stuff on the web! Oh and on the fiction side read Ursula le Guin's 'The Dispossessed.'

Thank you for all those suggestions, Fiona. I've got the Woodcock on the shelf, as it happens, but it came up in a couple of online discussions of Colin Ward and the consensus seemed to be that Woodcock took a narrow view of the subject.

Re: Kropotkin and Bakunin - can you recommend specific translations/editions/commentaries?

And you're not the first person to recommend The Dispossessed to me in the last few months; I'll have to do something about that.

Warming the engine by letting it idle in the driveway is not a smart idea.

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