This blog is intended to provide additional commentary and selections to accompany my anthology of anarchist writings, Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas. Volume One, subtitled From Anarchy to Anarchism (300CE-1939), was published in 2005 by Black Rose Books. Volume Two, now subtitled The Emergence of the New Anarchism (1939-1977), was published in April 2009, also by Black Rose Books. Volume Three, subtitled The Anarchist Current (1974-2012), came out in late 2012. I have posted the Prefaces and Tables of Contents for all three volumes. I am in the process of linking some of the selections listed in the Table of Contents for Volume One, which I have also posted, to online versions of the complete texts.
Anarchism is a documentary history of anarchist ideas, not a documentary history of the various anarchist movements around the world, which would be an altogether different and gargantuan project. That said, I have tried to include material from a variety of regions, movements and intellectual currents, from the Daoists in ancient China, to the Diggers in the English Revolution, the enragés in the French Revolution, various European anarchist currents, such as the anarchist communists, the anarcho-syndicalists and the Platformists, the “pure” and class struggle anarchists in Japan, Korean revolutionaries, the Chinese anarchist movement, Latin American anarchists, anarchist feminists, libertarian pedagogues, anarchist artists and writers, Russian anarchists, North American anarchists and the Spanish libertarian movement. No other anthology of anarchist writings is as broad or as comprehensive. Several selections have never before appeared in English translation, and others are from obscure or out of print sources.
All three volumes are available from AK Press.