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Demanding the Impossible : A History of Anarchism

By (author) Peter Marshall

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Lively and authoritative, this study of a widely misunderstood subject skillfully navigates the rough waters of anarchistic conceptsfrom 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 thinkerssuch as Godwin, Proudhon, Bakunin, Kropotkin, Reclus, and Emma Goldmanbut 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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  • Paperback | 818 pages
  • 134.62 x 198.12 x 53.34mm | 816.46g
  • 01 Feb 2010
  • PM Press
  • Oakland
  • English
  • 1604860642
  • 9781604860641
  • 225,774

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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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"[This is] the book I always recommend when askedas I often amfor something on the history and ideas of anarchism." Noam Chomsky"

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