Volume 2 of Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas, The Emergence of the New Anarchism, Now Out

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Announcing the long-awaited publication of
A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas,
Volume Two
The Emergence of the New Anarchism (1939-1977)

Robert Graham, editor

In answer to a growing interest in anarchism and a revitalization of the anarchist tradition, Black Rose Books is pround to announce the publication of the second volume of Robert Graham’s Anarchism. In this volume, as he did in Volume One, Graham presents a panoramic array of anarchist thinkers and activists that has arisen at different historical moments and in different social contexts.

David Goodway, Anarchist Historian, University of Leeds, UK says of Volume One: “Robert Graham is an outstanding scholar of anarchism and has made an exceptionally stimulating choice of texts: some familiar, others, especially those from East Asia, entirely unknown to me. The publication of this first instalment of what promises to be a notable anthology is an important event for anarchists.”

Contributors to Volume Two include Noam Chomsky, Murray Bookchin, Emma Goldman, George Woodcock, Marie Louise Berneri, Herbert Read, Alex Comfort, Martin Buber, Paul Goodman, Colin Ward, Paul Feyerabend, Pierre Clastres,  Ivan Illich, Daniel Guerin, and many others.

ROBERT GRAHAM has been writing on the history of anarchist ideas and contemporary anarchist theory for over 20 years. In 2005, he published ANARCHISM: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas, Volume One: From Anarchy to Anarchism (300CE to 1939).

535 pages, 6×9, bibliography, index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-55164-310-6 $28.99
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-55164-311-3 $48.99

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  1. Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas, Volume Two: The Anarchist Current (1939-2007) – Robert Graham

    The above is what is listed at Amazon for sale. Is this the same thing?


    • Yes, Volume 2: The Emergence of the New Anarchism (1939-1977) is the final published version of Volume 2: The Anarchist Current. There is going to be a third Volume, covering 1974-2008, which may or may not be subtitled The Anarchist Current. The publisher wants to call it The New Anarchism. Perhaps something completely different would be a good idea (it is getting a bit confusing).

  2. Was it difficult finding resources about anarchism in the mid to late 60s, especially in the US?
    It seems like the predominance of authoritarian-leftist sects led to a marginalization of anarchist ideas.

    • It wasn’t difficult to find resources about anarchism in the mid to late 60s, including in the US. Although there were plenty of authoritarian-leftist sects around at the time, anarchist ideas enjoyed a resurgence in the US and Europe during the 1960s. George Woodcock published his history of anarchism which, despite portraying anarchism as one of history’s great lost causes, actually helped renew interest in anarchism. Paul Goodman wrote widely read critiques of compulsory miseducation, bureaucracy, militarism, consumerism and technology. Murray Bookchin published several ground breaking essays on anarchy and ecology, direct democracy and his influential critique of authoritarian Marxist sects, “Listen Marxist!” Colin Ward’s Anarchy magazine in England discussed anarchist concepts of self-management, horizontal federations, crime and punishment, sexual liberation and many other topical issues. Noam Chomsky wrote about the positive accomplishments of the anarchists in the Spanish Revolution and Civil War. The Provos in Holland and a new generation of anarchists in France were involved in various creative actions, culminating in the May-June 1968 events in France that almost brought down the government (to the surprise and consternation of the authoritarian left). Anarchists were involved in the anti-war movement, the peace movement, the women’s liberation movement, the nascent ecology movement, the gay liberation movement and the counter-culture. Several anthologies of anarchist writings were published, both general collections and selections from the works of particular authors, such as Kropotkin, Proudhon and Malatesta. There was a proliferation of anarchist publications. By the early 1970s, there was probably more anarchist English language material available to the general public than ever before. Some of the best of this material is included in Volume 2 of my Anarchism anthology, The Emergence of the New Anarchism (1939-1977), including Julian Beck on the Living Theatre collective, Paul Goodman on getting into power and gay liberation, the French anarchist paper, Noir et Rouge, on draft resistance, George Benello on our “wasteland culture,” Gary Snyder on Buddhism and anarchism, Murray Bookchin on ecology, anarchism and direct democracy, Colin Ward on anarchism as a theory of nonhierarchical organization, Nicolas Walter, Daniel Guerin and Noam Chomsky on the relevance of anarchism, the Provos on provoking rebellion and revolution and the Cohn-Bendit brothers on the May-June 1968 events in France.

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