Words Of A Rebel (Hardcover)

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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

II. The Breakdown of the State

III. The Inevitability of Revolution

IV. The Coming Revolution

V. Political Rights

VI. To the Young

VII. War

VIII. Revolutionary Minorities

IX. Order

X. The Commune

XI. The Paris Commune

XII. The Agrarian Question

XIII. Representative Government

XIV. Law and Authority

XV. Revolutionary Government

XVI. All of Us Socialists!

XVII. The Spirit of Revolt

XVIII. Theory and Practice

XIX. Expropriation


1992: 229 pages

About the Author

Peter Kropotkin (1842–1921) was a renown Russian scientist and anarchist philosopher and activist who lectured across Europe and North America and published widely. His many books include Words of a Rebel and Fields, Factories and Workshops.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781895431056
ISBN-10: 1895431050
Publisher: Black Rose Books
Publication Date: May 30th, 1992
Language: English
Series: Collected Works of Peter Kropotkin