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Spanish Anarchists (edition 1978)

by Murray Bookchin

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Member:FrancoisTremblay
Title:Spanish Anarchists
Authors:Murray Bookchin
Info:Harpercollins (1978), Edition: reprint, Paperback
Collections:Anarchism
Rating:****
Tags:anarchism, spain, history, labor, unions

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The Spanish Anarchists: The Heroic Years 1868-1936 by Murray Bookchin

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This is flat out the best book on the history of anarchism in Spain and one of the best books every written on Spanish history. Why isn't it considered necessary reading for the Spanish historians? Because Anarchism is too dangerous of an idea to go mainstream. The Catalan part of Spain was probably the most progressive society in world history when the Anarchists had democratic control there. (If you don't believe me, ask Noam Chomsky or any other honest leftist.) Essential reading for any truth-seeker. ( )
  miquixote | Nov 26, 2010 |
Above all, it is fascinating to read about how the “Idea” of anarchism inspired normal workers and peasants to build movements and institutions on their own, largely without the assistance of a vanguard of intellectuals, and largely without forming stultifying bureaucracies.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 187317604X, Paperback)

The seminal history of Spanish anarchism: from its earliest inception to the organizations that claimed over two million members on the eve of the 1936 Revolution. Hailed as a masterpiece, it includes a new prefatory essay by the author.
"I've read The Spanish Anarchists with the excitement of learning something new. It's solidly researched, lucidly written, and admirably fair-minded... Murray Bookchin is that rare bird today, a historian." —Dwight MacDonald
"I have learned a great deal from this book. It is a rich and fascinating account... Most important, it has a wonderful spirit of revolutionary optimism that connects the Spanish anarchists with our own time." —Howard Zinn
Murray Bookchin has written widely on politics, history, and ecology. His books To Remember Spain: The Anarchist And Syndicalist Revolution Of 1936, The Ecology of Freedom, Post-Scarcity-Anarchism, The Ecology of Freedom, and Social Anarchism or Lifestyle Anarchism: An Unbridgeable Chasm—are all published by AK Press.

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