Statism and Anarchy

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Statism and Anarchy
Author Mikhail Bakunin
Original title Gosudarstvennost' i anarkhiia
Translator Marshall Shatz
Country Russia
Language English, translated from Russian
Genre Politics and Philosophy
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Publication date
1873
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 243 (Cambridge University Press Edition)
ISBN ISBN 0-521-36973-8 (Cambridge University Press Edition)
OCLC 20826465
320.5/7 20
LC Class HX833 .B317513 1990

Statism and Anarchy (Russian: Государственность и анархия, Gosudarstvennost' i anarkhiia) was the last work by the Russian anarchist Mikhail Bakunin. Written in the summer of 1873, the key themes of the work are: the likely impact on Europe of the Franco-Prussian war and the rise of the German Empire, Bakunin's view of the weaknesses of the Marxist position, and an affirmation of anarchism. Statism and Anarchy was the only one of Bakunin's major anarchist works to be written in Russian, and was primarily aimed at a Russian audience, with an initial print run of 1,200 copies printed in Switzerland and smuggled into Russia.[1]

Marshall Shatz writes that Statism and Anarchy: 'helped to lay the foundations of a Russian anarchist movement as a separate current within the revolutionary stream.'[2] A reviewer of another critic indicates that Bakunin criticized Marxist authoritarianism and advocated a libertarian socialism supported by interrelated efforts "from below upward." [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shatz, M. (ed.) (2005) Statism and Anarchy by Mikhail Bakunin. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
  2. ^ Shatz, M. (2005) 'Introduction' in (ed.) Shatz, M. (2005) Statism and Anarchy by Mikhail Bakunin. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
  3. ^ Anonymous "Anarcho" at Anarchist Writers