Anarchy, Geography, Modernity: Selected Writings of Elisee Reclus

Anarchy, Geography, Modernity: Selected Writings of Elisee Reclus


By (author) Elisee Reclus, Edited by John P. Clark, Edited by Camille Martin

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  • Publisher: PM Press
  • Format: Paperback | 290 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 25mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 14 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Oakland
  • ISBN 10: 160486429X
  • ISBN 13: 9781604864298
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 382,305

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The first comprehensive introduction to the thought of Elisee Reclus, the great anarchist geographer and political theorist, "Anarchy, Geography, Modernity" presents his groundbreaking critique of all forms of domination: not only capitalism, the state, and authoritarian religion, but also patriarchy, racism, technological domination, and the domination of nature. Not only an anarchist, but also a radical feminist, antiracist, ecologist, animal rights advocate, cultural radical, nudist, and vegetarian, Reclus' ideas are presented both through detailed exposition and analysis and in extensive translations of key texts, most appearing in English for the first time. The work elucidates Reclus' greatest achievement, a sweeping historical and theoretical synthesis recounting the story of the earth and humanity as an epochal struggle between freedom and domination, and his crucial insights on the interrelation between personal and small-group transformation, broader cultural change, and large-scale social organization are also explored.

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Author information

John Clark is the Curtin Distinguished Professor in Humane Letters and the Professions, a professor of philosophy, and a member of the environmental studies faculty at Loyola University-New Orleans. He is the author or editor of a dozen books, most recently, "The Impossible Community: Realizing Communitarian Anarchism"; comoderator of Research on Anarchism, an international multilingual discussion list and research archives; editor of the online journal "Psychic Swamp: The Surregional Review"; and the author of the "Imagined Ecologies" column for the journal "Capitalism Nature Socialism." He lives in New Orleans. Camille Martin is the author of four books of poetry, most recently, "Looms "and" Sonnets." She is the founder of "Rogue Embryo," a literary blog. She lives in Toronto. Elisee Reclus was a renowned French geographer, writer, and anarchist. In 1892 he was awarded the prestigious Gold Medal of the Paris Geographical Society for his 19-volume masterwork "La Nouvelle Geographie universelle, la terre et les hommes" (Universal Geography), despite his having been banished from France because of his political activism.

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"Clark and Martin have opened the door, through their deep introduction and selected reprints, to one of the great thinkers of 19th century anarchist thought." --"Anarchy"