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Cambridge University Press
22 April 1991
History of ideas; Politics & government; Anarchism
Statism and Anarchy is a complete English translation of the last work by the great Russian anarchist Michael Bakunin. It was written in 1873, in the aftermath of the rise of the German Empire and the clash between Bakunin and Karl Marx in the first International. Bakunin assesses the strength of a European state system dominated by Bismarck. Then, in the most remarkable part of the book, he assails the Marxist alternative, predicting that a dictatorship of the proletariat will in fact be a dictatorship over the proletariat, and will produce a new class of socialist rulers. Instead, he outlines his vision of an anarchist society and identifies the social forces he believes will achieve an ananarchist revolution. Statism and Anarchy had an immediate influence on the to the people movement of Russian populism, and Bakunin's ideas inspired other anarchist movements. This is the only complete and reliable rendition of Statism and Anarchy in English, and in a lucid introduction Marshall Shatz locates Bakunin in his immediate historical and intellectual context, and assesses the impact of his ideas on the wider development of European radical thought. A guide to further reading and a chronology of events are appended as aids to students encountering Bakunin's thought for the first time.
By:   Michael Bakunin
Edited by:   Marshall Shatz (University of Massachusetts Boston)
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 214mm,  Width: 137mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   420g
ISBN:   9780521369732
ISBN 10:   0521369738
Series:   Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought
Pages:   300
Publication Date:   22 April 1991
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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