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Peter Kropotkin and communist anarchism

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posted on 07.10.2021, 11:52 authored by Ruth KinnaRuth Kinna
As one of leading advocates for anarchist communism in the 1870s, Peter Kropotkin (1842-1921) spent much of his activist career explaining what its implementation involved. Treating communism as a principle of equality directed against subjection, he argued that it had an economic and a political aspect and that the inter-relationship of these two dimensions would reveal the distinctiveness of anarchist revolutionary politics. He also connected communism to anarchism by grounding it in a deep-rooted socialist ethic. The composite, ‘anarchist communism’ emerged as Kropotkin’s answer to capitalist exploitation on the one hand and to the threat of state socialism on the other.

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  • Social Sciences and Humanities

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  • International Relations, Politics and History

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The Cambridge History of Socialism

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1

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Cambridge University Press

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This material has been published in revised form in Cambridge History of Socialism edited by Marcel van der Linden [https://doi.org/XXX]. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution or re-use. © insert copyright holder.

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9781108481342

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en

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Marcel van der Linden

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Prof Ruth Kinna. Deposit date: 1 December 2020

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