Anarchy, Geography, Modernity

Anarchy, Geography, Modernity : The Radical Social Thought of Elisee Reclus

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Elisee Reclus, a leading nineteenth-century French geographer and revolutionary, made significant contributions to political thought, ecological philosophy, and urbanism. Anarchy, Geography, Modernity is the first work in English to present a comprehensive analysis of Reclus' social thought. In the first part of the book, John P. Clark and Camille Martin present an overview of Reclus' life and work, while the second part includes translations of Reclus' major theoretical writings (some for the first time into English), in addition to several popular essays. An essential work for historians of anarchist and libertarian political thought, Reclus provides a major expression of radical modernism with his sweeping account of human history as the story of progress toward a future world of human freedom, social cooperation, and a restored harmony with nature.
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  • Hardback | 286 pages
  • 147.3 x 228.6 x 27.9mm | 22.68g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739108050
  • 9780739108055

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For far too long Elisee Reclus has stood in the shadow of Godwin, Proudhon, Bakunin, Kropotkin and Emma Goldman. Now John Clark as pulled Reclus forward to stand shoulder to shoulder with Anarchism's cynosures. Reclus' light brought into anarchism's compass not only a focus on ecology, but a struggle against both patriarchy and racism, contributions which can now be fully appreciated thanks to John Clark's exegesis and translations of works previously unavailable in English. No serious reader can afford to neglect this book. -- Ward, Dana 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 Maintaining an appropriately scholarly style, marked by deep background knowledge, nuanced argument, and careful qualifications, Clark and Martin nevertheless reveal a passionate love for their subject and adopt a stance of political engagement that they hope does justice to Reclus' own commitments. Historical Geography Finally! A century after his death, the great French geographer and anarchist Elisee Reclus has been honored by a vibrant selection of his writings expertly translated into English. -- Mathewson, Kent
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About John P. Clark

John P. Clark is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University, New Orleans. He is also chair of the Environmental Studies program. Camille Martin is a poet and a translator of French poetry and prose. She is co-editor and co-translator, with John P. Clark, ofA Voyage to New Orleans: Anarchist Impressions of the Old South.
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Table of contents

Part 1 Part I: An Introduction to Reclus' Social Thought Chapter 2 The Earth Story, the Human Story Chapter 3 The Anarchist Geographer Chapter 4 The Dialectic of Nature and Culture Chapter 5 A Philosophy of Progress Chapter 6 Anarchism and Social Transformation Chapter 7 The Critique of Domination Chapter 8 The Legacy of Reclus: Liberty, Equality, Geography Part 9 Part II: Selected Writings of Elisee Reclus Chapter 10 The Feeling for Nature in Modern Society (1866) Chapter 11 To My Brother, the Peasant (1893) Chapter 12 Anarchy (1894) Chapter 13 The Extended Family (1896) Chapter 14 Evolution, Revolution and the Anarchist Ideal (1898) Chapter 15 On Vegetarianism (1901) Chapter 16 The History of Cities (1905) Chapter 17 The Modern State (1905) Chapter 18 Culture and Property (1905) Chapter 19 Progress (1905) Chapter 20 Advice to My Anarchist Comrades (1901)
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