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Words of a Rebel: Origins and Development

Words of a Rebel: Origins and Development

Words of a Rebel: Origins and Development Author:  Kropotkin, Peter Translated and edited by:  Woodcock, George Introduction by:  Woodcock, George

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Translated, with introduction, by George Woodcock

First published in 1885 in Paris, this collection of articles constitutes Kropotkin’s first book. Originally titled Paroles d’un Revolté, it includes his earliest works from period 1879 to 1882. In the succeeding years it was translated into Italian, Spanish, Bulgarian, Russian, and Chinese. Long-awaited in English, Words of a Rebel is the first complete translation.

A different work from the more familiar books of the older Kropotkin, it is a product of an anarchist agitator and it derives its interest as much from what it reveals about an important transitional phase in the development of anarchism as it does for what it shows us of Kropotkin himself.

Seeing revolution as a popular insurrection, in the broadest terms, Kropotkin believed that public wealth should belong to its producers and consumers and not to the State or the rich.

This volume of Kropotkin’s articles was translated from the French by George Woodcock. A celebrated author, Woodcock is also an authority on the life and works of Peter Kropotkin and as a result, Words of a Rebel is not just a translation, but a scholarly work as well.

 

Table of Contents: 

Introduction by George Woodcock

Introduction to the First French Edition by Elisée Reclus 

 I.               The Situation Today

  1.               The Breakdown of the State
  2.             The Inevitability of Revolution
  3.             The Coming Revolution
  4.                 Political Rights
  5.              To the Young
  6.           War
  7.          Revolutionary Minorities
  8.             Order
  9.              The Commune
  10.             The Paris Commune
  11.           The Agrarian Question
  12.          Representative Government
  13.         Law and Authority
  14.           Revolutionary Government
  15.         All of Us Socialists!
  16.        The Spirit of Revolt
  17.      Theory and Practice
  18.         Expropriation

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