Statism and Anarchy

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Statism and Anarchy
Statism and Anarchy Book Cover.jpg
AuthorMikhail Bakunin
Original titleGosudarstvennost' i anarkhiia
TranslatorMarshall Shatz
LanguageEnglish, translated from Russian
GenrePolitics and philosophy
PublisherCambridge University Press
Publication date
Media typePrint (Paperback)
Pages243 (Cambridge University Press Edition)
ISBN0-521-36973-8 (Cambridge University Press Edition)
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LC ClassHX833 .B317513 1990

Statism and Anarchy (Russian: Государственность и анархия, Gosudarstvennost' i anarkhiia, literally "Statehood and Anarchy") was the last work by the Russian anarchist Mikhail Bakunin. Written in the summer of 1873, the key themes of the work are: the likely impact on Europe of the Franco-Prussian war and the rise of the German Empire, Bakunin's view of the weaknesses of the Marxist position, and an affirmation of anarchism. Statism and Anarchy was the only one of Bakunin's major anarchist works to be written in Russian and was primarily aimed at a Russian audience, with an initial print run of 1,200 copies printed in Switzerland and smuggled into Russia.[1]

Marshall Shatz writes that Statism and Anarchy: "helped to lay the foundations of a Russian anarchist movement as a separate current within the revolutionary stream."[1]

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  1. ^ a b Shatz, Marshall S. (1990). "Introduction". Statism and anarchy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-36182-8. OCLC 20826465.